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Economics and Performance – The Primary Deficiencies of Wind Power

March 29, 2013

There are many arguments to be made against government subsidization of industrial wind power, some objective and others subjective. We hear about noise, shadow flicker, disruption of wildlife, lack of consistent energy output (intermittency), questionable performance with respect to pollution reduction, and undesirable aesthetic appearance.

It occurs to me, however, with regard to subsidies for energy ventures and technology, three things must be kept in mind:

(1) any good investment must be made in worthwhile ventures that can show a reasonable return;

(2) arbitrarily subsidizing some ventures may cause inadvertent (or advertent) exclusion of others; and

(3) jobs cannot be created by subsidizing ventures that do not provide a viable return. We must keep our eye on the economic ball, and structure our primary arguments against government subsidies for wind power generation around the primary deficiencies of wind turbine technology: performance and return on investment (ROI).

see full article from July 2010 on….

  1. Suzanne Albright permalink

    Good morning Jerry,
    My name is Suzanne Albright and I live on the shore of Lake Ontario outside of Rochester, NY. You might or might not have seen some of my letters or essays to Ohio and PA newspapers, as well as recent comments to the Ohio radio station regarding the “door to door” campaign to get pledges of support to the LEEDCo Icebreaker project by Mr. Ritter. That being said, organizations I belong to (particularly NAP-AW and Great Lakes Wind Truth) have been working furiously to get the LEEDCo project defeated. I read your comments to the Plain Dealer in response to the Aug. 20 article and directed myself to this site in an attempt to make contact with you. We have been trying to identify Cleveland and other Ohio residents who oppose wind energy, particularly in the Great Lakes. Our members live in different regions of NY, PA, Ontario Canada, and beyond, and so far, we have not been able to find Ohio folks who are interested in working with us. I would like to fill you in on some of the work we have done and are currently doing, but preferably via email. I hope you will contact me. I have provided my email address as required.
    I look forward to hearing from you,
    Suzanne Albright

  2. Suzanne – Thank you for reading and commenting. I will contact you shortly

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