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Electricity from wind plant so expensive, no one will buy it
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Posted on 12/20/2010 8:06:42 AM PST by RatherBiased.com

Cape Wind has outlasted a decade of government review, a slew of court brawls and fierce opposition from mariners, fishermen, Indian tribes and Kennedys just to win the right to sell its wind-fueled electricity.

Now, all it needs are customers.

Last month, the nation's first offshore wind farm nailed down its first buyer when the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities approved a deal that sees Cape Wind selling half its power to National Grid, the state's largest electric utility.

But the other half of the Cape Wind project's electricity remains available with no obvious takers, raising the possibility of a smaller project with pricier power.

The top prospect for Cape Wind is the state's second-largest electric utility, NStar. But NStar is uninterested and says it can find cheaper renewable power elsewhere.

"It's not that we're for or against Cape Wind at all," said NStar spokeswoman Caroline Allen. "We just want to make sure that we are promoting renewables in the region ... but also being mindful of costs for our customers."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: costs; energy; environmentalism; green; joke; wind; windfarms
Green jobs at their finest.
1 posted on 12/20/2010 8:06:50 AM PST by RatherBiased.com
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To: RatherBiased.com

and at twice the price!


2 posted on 12/20/2010 8:14:59 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: RatherBiased.com
But... But... I thought the Green Economy was the future? What about all of those Green Jobs? I don't understand. Obama promised us...
3 posted on 12/20/2010 8:16:02 AM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: RatherBiased.com

It doesn’t matter what’s cheapest. I thought we’re “saving the planet” here!??

You Liberals say we MUST use wind and solar, so you’re damwell gonna use it too and pay more for it just like you expect the rest of us to do!


4 posted on 12/20/2010 8:16:03 AM PST by digger48
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To: RatherBiased.com

Who could ever have foreseen this? /s


5 posted on 12/20/2010 8:16:19 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Obviously we need to subsidize it... it’s for the children. < /s >


6 posted on 12/20/2010 8:16:19 AM PST by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: RatherBiased.com

We need Federally mandated wind power care! ( Damn peasants don’t know what’s good for them!)


7 posted on 12/20/2010 8:18:01 AM PST by Leisler (They always lie, and have for so much and for so long, that they no longer know what about.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Not only is it too expensive, but evidently it’s more expensive than other “green power,” which I’m sure is already more expensive and unreliable than most.

But presumably they get paid by hapless utilities that are still more stuck on coal and dirty power than they are. I have read that our Vermont utility was being paid by someone in Massachusetts because they use landfill methane, but the payments were reduced this year as the other utilities catch up.

So they need to buy designated green power. Just preferably not the most expensive green power.


8 posted on 12/20/2010 8:18:13 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: digger48

Everyone must pay exorbitant costs for electricity in order for liberals to feel good about themselves.

That’s pretty expensive “self esteem”.


9 posted on 12/20/2010 8:19:45 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: digger48

I say get Reid, Pelosi, and Obamma mamba jamma lenin Khomeini to fly a kite and hook their genitals to a key with a nice piece of wire, when lightning hits he aftermath will make their respective parts green..


10 posted on 12/20/2010 8:21:25 AM PST by aces
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To: RatherBiased.com

How could this happen unless someone is using more than their fair share of the wind and driving up the cost!!


11 posted on 12/20/2010 8:28:10 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: aces
FedGov must mandate that all liberal states buy the most expensive power possible to demonstrate how “green” and, by definition, “superior” they are to all the other knuckle-dragging, cheap, environment hating conservatives. It's the PC thing to do.
12 posted on 12/20/2010 8:30:28 AM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: April Lexington

It WILL be the future after Obambi out-laws Coal and Oil fired power plants.

Next time the demoncrats have the power, they will do it.


13 posted on 12/20/2010 8:31:00 AM PST by OldGuard (Conservatives - Saving the planet since 1860)
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To: digger48

You Liberals say we MUST use wind and solar, so you’re damwell gonna use it too and pay more for it just like you expect the rest of us to do!

But, I thought it would be free financed on the tax backs of the wealthy? No?


14 posted on 12/20/2010 8:38:13 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: count-your-change

LOL.


15 posted on 12/20/2010 8:39:37 AM PST by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: MrB

Liberalism: Someone craps their pants and we ALL have to wear diapers.


16 posted on 12/20/2010 8:46:16 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
Obviously we need to subsidize it... it’s for the children. < /s >

Yeah, and they're gonna have lots and lots for money to pay for it! We are bankrupting our grandkids to indulge the whims of a handfull of babyboomer activists. This is rank insanity.

17 posted on 12/20/2010 8:51:45 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

If electric companies could find a cheaper wayon their own to produce electricity from wind and solar, in a FREE MARKET it would have been done and by now have driven the coal and gas power plants out of business.

FREE MARKET RULES!


18 posted on 12/20/2010 9:10:40 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I visited GEN TOMMY FRANKS Military Museum in HOBART, OKLAHOMA! Well worth it!)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Rule 1: Keep leftists away from math, science, engineering and economics. It is way, way, WAY beyond their diminutive ability to comprehend.


19 posted on 12/20/2010 9:14:39 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: RatherBiased.com

OK, I give up! I hate to ask a dumb question, and I fancy myself a pretty fair student of science, but just where does all that unused power go? Is it just never produced and what’s being utilized at half is the potential for creating power?


20 posted on 12/20/2010 9:34:18 AM PST by jwparkerjr (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: Da Coyote

If math, science, engineering, and economics can’t be used to make them feel superior and good about themselves,

they’re useless to the left.


21 posted on 12/20/2010 9:36:21 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

There’s only one solution when the free market runs into your ecoreligion:

OUTLAW PRICES!

The watermelon rule is proved again: Green on the outside, red on the inside.


22 posted on 12/20/2010 9:47:56 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Punish Success, Reward Failure. Destroying America is the point.)
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To: jwparkerjr

They just don’t produce the power. The generator sits idle if no one will purchase the electricity.


23 posted on 12/20/2010 9:56:59 AM PST by RatherBiased.com
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To: Bitsy
You Liberals say we MUST use wind and solar, so you’re damwell gonna use it too and pay more . . .

Austin TX is building a 3,000 acre solar power farm about 20 miles NW of the city proper. Austin Energy asked how many people would buy power from that industry for almost twice the price of regular coal, nuke, gas, hydro plants and had almost no takers. So much for Austin being green.

24 posted on 12/20/2010 2:06:56 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Whether corruption is in politics, science, education, research, etc., always follow the money.)
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To: Arrowhead1952
Austin TX is building a 3,000 acre solar power farm about 20 miles NW of the city proper. Austin Energy asked how many people would buy power from that industry for almost twice the price of regular coal, nuke, gas, hydro plants and had almost no takers. So much for Austin being green.

In Florida the FPL (Florida Power & Light) built a solar plant over in Tampa and then had the audacity to send me a request if I wanted to contribute to their 'green' project. Needless to say it went straight into my trusty shredder esp since I always knew it was just to salve the conscience of their enviro-wackos customers who has more dollars than sense!!

25 posted on 12/20/2010 10:52:05 PM PST by prophetic (0Bama = 1 illegal president = 32 illegal, unconstitutional & unnecessary CZARS to do his job!!)
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To: prophetic

We have a couple of federal buildings at work that are supposed to be 100% solar powered, but then on overcast days like today, they have to switch to regular utilities.


26 posted on 12/21/2010 7:03:00 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Whether corruption is in politics, science, education, research, etc., always follow the money.)
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