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Why We Need to Terminate Big Wind Subsidies

tomatawea Wrote: May 08, 2012 11:31 AM
There are a number of errors in this column, so I'm not going to try to go into them all. A few in particular: Backup generation is kept running at all times on our utility system, not so much because of wind, but because large traditional power plants often suffer unexpected outages within a few seconds and must be instantly replaced. Wind generally changes slowly, and its changes can be forecast in advance. It adds very little to existing system backup needs. The cost of wind power has been falling. A January 2012 study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that it costs between 24 and 39 percent less to produce wind energy on a per-kilowatt-hour basis today than it did in 2002-2003.--Tom@AWEA
Blair43 Wrote: May 08, 2012 12:05 PM
"The cost of wind power has been falling."

Maybe so, but compare it to the cost of coal power or natural gas and it's laughably still more than DOUBLE the cost - and unreliable to boost! Try living off a wind turbine sometime. Good luck.

Unprecedented! As bills to extend seemingly perpetual wind energy subsidies were again introduced by industry lobbyists late last year, taxpayers finally decided they’d had enough.

Informed and inspired by a loose but growing national coalition of groups opposed to more giveaways with no scientifically proven net benefits, thousands of citizens called their senators and representatives – and rounded up enough Nay votes to run four different bills aground. For once, democracy worked.

A shocked American Wind Energy Association and its allies began even more aggressive recruiting of well-connected Democrat and Republican political operatives and...