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Power Source

How a fresh crop of CFOs is propelling the alternative-fuels industry.

Electric-utility operators long ago discovered problems with wind power. Industry experts say such managers don’t know what to make of the power profiles created by wind farms and other distributed generators. “Utility guys monitor things that affect the grid for just 1/60th of a cycle,” notes one energy analyst. “A full second drop-off? That will drive them batty.” — J.G.

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