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would typically include cathodic protection of pipelines, cathodic protection of bridges
and water towers, data links, emergency and rescue communications, lighting, load
center power, marking and warning devices, military range monitoring and conditioning
equipment, monitoring and sensing devices, navigational aids, perimeter security
devices, remote communication sites, remote instrumentation, remote weather stations
and transmitters, repeater stations, and water pumping and purification.
WIND ENERGY CONVERSION SYSTEM. The use of wind power should be
considered if a preliminary evaluation or past experience indicates that a sufficient
mean annual wind exists for the system to economically meet all or a significant fraction
of the load demand. The most economical applications of these systems have typically
been for small wind turbine generators, with or without storage, at remote sites.
However, larger "wind farms" and grid connected systems are becoming cost effective
in some areas. System reliability and the critical nature of the load should be major
concerns in selecting and implementing a wind energy conversion system. Realistic
projections for maintenance and repair requirements can be critical items in the life
cycle cost analysis.
GEOTHERMAL ENERGY. The use of geothermal energy should be
considered in areas of proven reserves or in areas that have a high potential for