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FERC Ruling Aids Family Wind Farms
Associated Posers ^ | 9-23-2012 | geronl

Posted on 09/23/2012 12:24:22 PM PDT by GeronL

The Shnott family says they would have lost everything had the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission not ruled their way. The FERC has ruled that Idaho power providers must buy wind power even when demand for power is low. This could raise the price of electricity for customers, but it can save the family wind farms like the one belonging to the Shnott family.

“This ruling was a God-send. It means we won't have to sell the farm at a major loss. It means the children can go to school knowing its not the last time they can see their friends.” Mary Shnott explained. She is referring to her grandchildren, who her son has been struggling to raise along with keeping the windmills twirling.

“Family farms are dying out and federal farm supports go to the big corporate farms, not the little guys like the Shnott family” said the Professor of Renewable Energy Economics at the University of Idaho-Moscow, Gregory Luknow. “The fact is without these mandates and subsidies, wind farms and large-scale solar do not make any economic sense”.

“When I stopped growing potatoes and planted the turbines, I was a pioneer in the field” Douglas Shnott said “I thought, certainly, we would be able to succeed. It's been a struggle though, we're barely getting by. Most of the federal payments just go right into the pockets of politicians and lawyers who keep the racket going.”

The Shnott Family Wind Farm is miles away from the nearest town in Idaho, Dogo, but the residents still complain about the irritating noise and dead birds. They also don't like the idea of paying higher electric bills to keep wind turbine farms in business. President of the Dogo Chamber of Commerce, Roy White, explains “We are forced to pay more for a defective product, where is the freedom to choose?”

Sarah Shnott, 7, though sees it a little different. “Like Barack Obama said, we have to spread the wealth around so everybody can have a little bit, like my teachers are always telling us”


TOPICS: Agriculture; Business/Economy; Government; Humor
KEYWORDS: energy; ferc; wind
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2935196/posts

Feds say Idaho Power Must Buy Wind

1 posted on 09/23/2012 12:24:24 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: smoothsailing; Shady; Country Gal; American Constitutionalist; cripplecreek

bump for satire


2 posted on 09/23/2012 12:27:56 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

Regardless of it being energy or food, when the government gets involved with subsidizing it, we all pay more either directly or via taxes.

Sometimes you just need to let someone go out of business.


3 posted on 09/23/2012 12:44:19 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: GeronL

Satire my butt.

Here in Michigan the idiots are lobbying for higher fines to be imposed that regular “working” energy producers pay for downtime to help wind farm owners pay for their downtime.


4 posted on 09/23/2012 1:11:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: GeronL

Wind farm welfare is still welfare. DO NOT GET IN BED WITH THE GOVERNMENT!


5 posted on 09/23/2012 1:13:32 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: cripplecreek; txrefugee

Yep. I can believe that cripplecreek.

Some horror stories on that other thread too.


6 posted on 09/23/2012 1:16:39 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

““The fact is without these mandates and subsidies, wind farms and large-scale solar do not make any economic sense””

The New American Way.


7 posted on 09/23/2012 1:21:19 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: RFEngineer
In the bizarre little world of liberals, physical reality can be changed if we just mandate it.

Proposal 3 would require that the state add as many as 13 times more wind turbines in Michigan than currently operate. Proposal 3 would mandate that 25 percent of Michigan’s energy come from renewable sources. Wind is expected to be the primary supplier of renewable energy if the proposal passes.

Advocates and experts predict 2,300 to 3,790 nearly 500-feet high wind turbines would have to be added to meet the 25-percent mandate. Michigan currently has 292 wind turbines in operation.


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Most of Michigan is 'Poor' or 'Marginal' For Wing Energy

The funniest pat is the fact that where there is wind it costs more than 2 and a half times as much and is very extremely unlikely because it would wipe out our tourist industry or homeowners will fight it every inch of the way.
8 posted on 09/23/2012 1:34:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: RFEngineer

bump


9 posted on 09/23/2012 1:57:08 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: cripplecreek

Mchiganders looking forward to those $750 a month power bills?


10 posted on 09/23/2012 1:58:38 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

We have at least 6 different ballot initiatives to vote against this time around. On Tuesday I get to vote against giving the school more money.


11 posted on 09/23/2012 2:12:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: GeronL; All

12 posted on 09/23/2012 2:17:27 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: cripplecreek

Oh Joy!


13 posted on 09/23/2012 2:17:38 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: musicman

That is very accurate


14 posted on 09/23/2012 2:19:06 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

The school “needs” a practice gymnasium. LOL


15 posted on 09/23/2012 2:20:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: GeronL

(...and Obamassiah’s approval rating is STILL above 40%...)


16 posted on 09/23/2012 2:25:47 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: GeronL

Poor fellow actually thinks he’s accomplished something. He seems quite proud of it. But it is truly nothing...in fact it is worse than nothing.


17 posted on 09/23/2012 2:29:35 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: RFEngineer

satire.

The FERC ruled that Idaho Power has to buy wind energy whether they need it or not.

... I made up the rest.


18 posted on 09/23/2012 2:37:45 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: musicman

bump


19 posted on 09/23/2012 2:40:39 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

ah.....my fault.

I read the source but failed to read past “Associated”

The fact is, it’s really hard to differentiate satire of government absurdity from reality in this new age of Obama.


20 posted on 09/23/2012 2:44:12 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: RFEngineer

There is an FR post about Obama advisors saying he doesn’t need to meet foreign leaders face to face because he has a phone.

It’s not satire.

!!??!!


21 posted on 09/23/2012 2:56:34 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

If wind power is so great, let it stand on its own. If we have to subsidize it, we are just paying for it by printing and borrowing the money.


22 posted on 09/23/2012 3:17:02 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: GeronL

Ya got me ! Them Schnotts sound like a bunch of big Bouggers


23 posted on 09/23/2012 3:37:05 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (The best way to punish a - country is let professors run it. Fredrick the Great para/p)
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