17 Apr '12, 1pm

Wind Power Helps Drive Strong Increase In US Renewable Electricity Generation

Wind isn't driving renewable energy, rather it is renewable energy, and these blasted subsidies that you support are the reason. They are being used to favor wind power over competitive renewable energy technologies like cogeneration fueled by biomass wastes. Also you should mention that Iowa (Warren Buffet) and South Dakota are high in wind power because they are dumping into other states, preventing economic development there. The US electricity industry is favoring wind power with about 5 cents/kWh in tax shelters, 2 cents of additional transmission (wind is three times higher than other power sources due to the low capacity factor) and as much as 6 cents needed to back up the unreliable power source with peaking power that emits huge amounts of CO2. These benefits are used to rig avoided cost calculations and competitive bidding, and also deregulated markets, in favor ...

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