Letters to the Editor

Wind mandate

April 5, 2009

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To the editor:

The U.S. will likely fail to develop renewable energy cost-effectively and fairly. Renewable portfolio standards allow utility monopolies to award contracts to themselves and their affiliates.

The feed-in tariff is the only major regulatory mechanism that offers non-discriminatory prices to all market entrants.

Free markets are preferred, but the U.S. failed to create competitive power markets under deregulation because it awarded coal and nuclear power plants all kinds of advantages, including stranded cost subsidies, grandfather exemptions to environmental regulations, preferential grid access, etc.

The wind industry is by far the biggest problem for all other forms of renewable energy, including solar, geothermal and biomass. The American Wind Energy Association sold out to the utility monopolies a long time ago — look at their membership.

The utilities prefer wind energy because the intermittent power production at the wrong time of the day becomes an excuse to build more fossil-fuel and nuclear power plants.

If the wind industry gets renewable portfolio standards, then what follows will be the discriminatory token contracts awarded to them, at least until utility monopolists are ready to take over the industry.

Of course, environmentalists go along since they love wind energy. Other forms of renewable energy have little chance against the unholy political alliance of the utilities, the wind industry and the environmentalists.

The Democrats are now undertaking to mandate wind over all other forms of renewables.

Tell me how that would be fair to power consumers?

Lawrence

Comments

notajayhawk 5 years, 12 months ago

"Tell me how that would be fair to power consumers?"

Don't be silly, Les. They're Democrats, which automatically makes them both smarter and fairer. Democrats are inherently incapable of being unfair. Didn't you know?

devobrun 5 years, 11 months ago

So Les has shown a way for business to make money on wind energy. He goes on to acknowledge that : "the intermittent power production at the wrong time of the day becomes an excuse to build more fossil-fuel and nuclear power plants."

Thus, energy solutions that don't work are sold to lefties who love it without rational reason. Companies make money from it, and the public takes it in the shorts.

Yep, this is pretty much the scenario in every business-government consortium in America today.

Right-wing, left-wing, wing-nuts. Politics is not rational thought. Business is politics, and science is politics, and just about everything is a great big political and marketing game,

Decisions are made by people who don't know a joule from a watt. But they know the politically connected, so while they can't make power, they know how to wield it.

JohnBrown 5 years, 11 months ago

Let people hook up to the grid and sell their excess wind power, or at least reduce their monthly bill.

The problem with free markets is that free markets don't always create what's best for the country as a whole, say, independence from terrorist oil suppliers, or independence from severe recessions.

Mixolydian 5 years, 11 months ago

I was out west by the I-70 - Hwy 14 (Ellsworth exit) wind farm last Friday and, despite there being a high wind advisory in nearby Salina, not a single one of those turbines was moving. It's been that way that last three times I've driven past there this year.

The windmills look pretty stretching on for acre after acre after acre, but if they don't work, build the coal plant that will. Build nuclear, build geothermal, build giant gerbil wheels, anything to get away from OPEC

tonytiger 5 years, 11 months ago

Mixolydian (Anonymous) says…

I was out west by the I-70 - Hwy 14 (Ellsworth exit) wind farm last Friday and, despite there being a high wind advisory in nearby Salina, not a single one of those turbines was moving. It's been that way that last three times I've driven past there this year.

What you witnessed is a safety mechanism that shuts down the turbines in high winds to prevent damage during high winds. Spinning too rapidly could cause the blades to self distruct.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 11 months ago

"i would think that we can do better than Europe - why not?"

Nuclear power has a prominent place in the European power grid, why shouldn't we emulate them?

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