Archive for Thursday, April 12, 2012

Kansas tops states in current wind energy projects, report says

April 12, 2012, 10:07 a.m. Updated April 12, 2012, 3:10 p.m.


— Kansas has more wind energy projects under construction than any other state, according to a wind industry report released Thursday.

The state has more than $2 billion worth of wind projects under construction at the moment, the American Wind Energy Association reported.

AWEA also said Kansas has become a wind turbine manufacturing hub with the new Siemens facility in Hutchinson and some 3,000 wind-related jobs throughout the state.

In addition to ranking first with 1,189 megawatts of wind projects under construction, Kansas ranked seventh for wind energy as a percentage of total energy portfolio at 8.3 percent. South Dakota ranked first at 22.3 percent.

The industry group said wind power enjoyed a strong year of double-digit growth in the United States, but needed Congress to extend the Production Tax Credit to keep up the momentum.

“In hard economic times we’re creating jobs and delivering clean, affordable electricity,” AWEA Chief Executive Officer Denise Bode stressed. “But we will lose all these consumer benefits and a brand-new, growing manufacturing sector if Congress allows the Production Tax Credit to expire. Businesses need certainty. That is why it is urgent that Congress extend the PTC now or risk losing a bright new manufacturing sector,” Bode said.

Gov. Sam Brownback has also been a supporter of extending the tax credit. In February, he and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad urged key members of Congress to approve it, saying without the credit, wind development would grind to a halt.

“The wind energy sector is an American success story that is helping us build our manufacturing base, create jobs, lower energy costs and strengthen our energy security,” the governors said.


tolawdjk 2 years, 8 months ago

Governor's office has to be wondering how the heck that happend.

Kirk Larson 2 years, 8 months ago

Sounds like Pickens is advocating for continued subsidies of green energy. That's how you get it to grow, just like we subsidized the oil industry for so long. Time to move tax credits from oil to alternatives.

collective82 2 years, 8 months ago

Ok, first I hope your being sarcastic. Second if your aren't yes Jesus, Mary, and Joesph did have forms of fossil fuels to be used IE coal. However how is using wind given to us in God's created world Satan's unnatural source of energy?

Kirk Larson 2 years, 8 months ago

I think you can rest assured that the sarcasm toggle was on.

collective82 2 years, 8 months ago

I'd like to see your evidence on that unless your talking the actual structure not the stuff they put out. Also with wind energy you have one major cost then upkeep, with coal you have building, maintenance, fuel, getting the fuel, and delivery of the fuel. Coal is long term way more costly. Plus wind is doing nothing but getting more efficient where as coals almost as good as its going to get.

MarcoPogo 2 years, 8 months ago

The robins will return after the death of Frank Booth...and they will fill this world with love!!!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 8 months ago

Yes, wind turbines are responsible for a relatively small number of bird deaths. But it's a tiny fraction of the deaths caused by all human-made structures, modes of transportation, industry and agriculture. If your point is that we shouldn't employ wind power because it kills a few birds, the logical extension of that is that all humans should just go ahead and kill ourselves right now, because everything else we do kills way more birds than wind turbines do. (And we should kill all those feral cats that we've spread around the world while we're at it.)

Centerville 2 years, 8 months ago

Wind turbines are just yard art for natural-gas-fueled generating plants. Anyone with a stake in the natural gas business is all for Wind Power (wink! wink!).

tbaker 2 years, 8 months ago

If it were not for the federal tax subsidies, you wouldn’t see a single wind generator. No utility company would build these on their own because like ethanol, wind is not a viable energy source (right now) and is wasting tax money. If it were a sensible economic investment, it would not need the lavish federal and state subsidies. Don’t believe me? Study “cost per kilowatt hour” and see what it takes to make electricity using conventional means and compare it to wind power. (be sure to add the cost of the subsidies to the equation) Also study the power generation term called “capacity value” and see how it relates to wind.

Kirk Larson 2 years, 8 months ago

So why does Big Oil need all the tax credits and subsidies it gets? Wouldn't we be better served moving those over to something more long term sustainable?

collective82 2 years, 8 months ago

Except that the cost of wind steadily drops as its used. Coal continues to cost as you have to pay for the continued fuel source. Winds more expensive at first but drops over the lifetime. This is why Europe is developing such huge megawatt turbines.

collective82 2 years, 8 months ago

Also I did do a paper on the costs last year and can tell you that wind is taxed harder than coal the more energy they make. Let's say coal pays 5% on costs to make power, well wind under 2 megawatts pays about 3% however if they make more than 2 megawatts they pay up to 12%. These numbers are arbitrary but it is how the tax system works which is why it costs more.

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