At what point will this technology pay off and no longer need tax dollars to get it started and prop it up?
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Since wind normally supplies about 1/3 of installed capacity due to the unreliability of wind I’m suspicious of the numbers.
Lapse is good. Let alternative energy production techniques live or die on their own merits. For that matter, let standard energy production techniques live or die on their own merits.
So, wind power is nearly $2/watt installed. (Not including maintenance.)
The new wind projects account for about 30% of the entire new power-producing capacity added nationally in 2007
Please remember to thank a greenie for prohibiting the production of most real power plants.
and will power the equivalent of 1.5 million American households annually
Why, that's just $6000 per household, only a few times more than buying each one a small diesel generator.
This remarkable and accelerating growth is driven by strong demand, favorable economics, and a period of welcome relief from the on-again, off-again, boom-and-bust, cycle of the federal production tax credit (PTC) for wind power.
In other words, it can't be done without subsidies.
But the PTC and tax incentives for other renewable energy sources are now in danger of lapsing at the end of this yearand at the worst moment for the U.S economy, added Swisher. The U.S. wind industry calls on Congress and the President to quickly extend the PTCthe only existing U.S. incentive for wind powerin order to sustain this remarkable growth along with the manufacturing jobs, fresh economic opportunities, and reduction of global warming pollution that it provides.
Hey dude, if it were a net economic benefit, you wouldn't need coercive and involuntary subsidies. The money that fills your trough comes away from things people would rather spend their money on, which is to say, would provide greater economic benefit to them if they could only choose to spend it that way.
Won’t be much longer before we are told wind mills are stripping so much energy out of the winds across the plains that the weather is being negatively impacted!
We are DOOMED! DOOMED!
And I know how we could double the amount of wind energy in 2008.
Set wind turbines up in rings around Washington D.C. and the state capitol cities. Whether the the politicians there are full of hot air, or the laws they pass are so bad that it sucks, there will be enough airflow to match what is already being used in today’s turbines.
He showed YOU COMMONERS what Green Power Wa$!
Wonder how much that cost to put in and save 1% on our usage?
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Soon the whole country can look like the Amish farmlands. Each neighborhood will have its own phalanx of windmills. Anything that screws the OPECkers is a winner to me. Realistically, we need a massive rebirth of nuclear power. Japan & France can do it; so can we. Japan is the only country to have actually been nuked and their willing to employ nuclear power. What excuse can we have for being afraid of it?
South Dakota is supposed to be the Saudi Arabia of wind energy and these monsters fill the landscape in man areas. Two problems: First the cost of electricity generated by windmills is about 4 times more per kilowatt that electricity produced in nuclear plants and almost twice as expensive as electricity produced by coal plants. Second even if every inch of space in this state were covered in windmills they wouldn’t produce but a fraction of our current electric needs.
Ha! Now they’re going to use up all our wind before it gets to us, we need wind credits pronto. Please join my Conserve Solar Energy and Wind Energy (CSEWE)movement by sending every dime you can afford to me. I’ll put it to good use protecting your children and grandchildren.
Unfortunately wind power can’t sustain itself without tax dollars.
Maybe the new wind turbines will make wind power economical.