Intermittent electric generator or intermittent resource


Intermittent electric generator or intermittent resource
  An electric generating plant with output controlled by the natural variability of the energy resource rather than dispatched based on system requirements. Intermittent output usually results from the direct, non-stored conversion of naturally occurring energy fluxes such as solar energy, wind energy, or the energy of free-flowing rivers (that is, run-of-river hydroelectricity).
  U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Information Administration's Energy Glossary

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