If Only Wind Turbines Could Be Built Where There’s Wind

..But, people don’t want it there (unmentioned in the article), and there’s already viable power where they want to build

(NY Times) As I note in Friday’s paper, construction of new wind farms is going to grind to a halt with the end, at least temporarily, of the wind production tax credit. What’s next?

The credit is worth 2.2 cents per killowatt-hour generated, beyond whatever the electricity can be sold for on the regional market. At some hours of the day, most or all of the revenue will come from the tax credit.

Well, that sounds like a hell of a viable business model, eh?

Without the credit, wind farms could still be profitable if they were built where the wind is strongest, according to Robert W. Thresher, a research fellow at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. But the trend lately, he said, has been to move to somewhat less favorable sites because the best ones within connection distance of the grid have been used up.

And, as noted, because people generally do not want the wind turbines in their neighborhoods nor blighting the landscape.

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Comment by Gumball_Brains Subscribed to comments via email
2012-12-29 01:09:50

Without the credit, wind farms could still be profitable if they were built where the wind is strongest,

There’s your problem. Rocket science. Thinking like that won’t get you anywhere. Do you think we went and landed on the moon because it was hard? No, it was easy. It’s right there. Pick a spot, and just go. Don’t over think it. These wind people are really over thinking things. Just build the stupid things and don’t worry about the little things like wind.

 
Comment by john
2012-12-29 10:22:36

Would the people prefer a coal fired plant next door? Or a nuke? A few years ago you were all for putting one off Cape Cod smack in the middle of a major shipping lane

 
Comment by gitarcarver
2012-12-29 11:30:06

Coal has become a clean energy john.

As for “putting things off Cape Cod,” if you remember there was a plan to put windmills in that area that was stopped by green nuts like you because it “ruined the view.”

You aren’t interested in fact or green energy. You just have an agenda and are willing to keep going no matter who and what it destroys.

 
Comment by Gumball_Brains Subscribed to comments via email
2012-12-29 11:37:11

So, silly socialist antisemitic troll is now just being stupid? geez.
How in the world anyone can confuse a liberal hated windmill project for a nuclear power desired by most is beyond human understanding.

Please keep it up. It really makes your socialist anti-living cause-celeb look really pro-death.

 

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