At the moment ISO-NE's is using about 15,000 MW of electricity. 35% of that electricity is coming from 4 nuclear generators with a combined capacity of 4000 MW that consistently operate at a 90% capacity factor year after year. On the opposite end of the efficiency spectrum, 104 MW is coming from over 800 MW of installed capacity of wind turbines that occupy over 80 miles of New England's ridges. That has been the story all summer long - the time of peak demand on the system.
Developers have submitted queue requests for an additional 4000 MW of wind mostly in Maine. So we will have nearly 5000 MW of wind generating during peak demand at about a 10% capacity factor, and contributing only about 5% of the sum total of each one of our requests for electricity.
We would only need to build 2 more nuclear reactors, making a total of 6 in New England, to supply as much electricity as all of the wind turbines and solar panels that can be squeezed into our mountains and meadows.
Today's reactors are safe, produce very little radioactive waste since the spent fuel can be recycled, and provide clean dependable electricity 24/7. What are we waiting for? If we are serious about reducing fossil fuel consumption there is only one source of electricity that will replace it. Destroying the landscape with wind turbines is nothing short of insane.