Tag: "wind power"

Wind Subsides Cost Taxpayers Big

Appears on Newsmax: A draft package released by the Senate Finance Committee proposes to revive a 2.3 cent per kilowatt-hour production tax credit (PTC) incentive for wind energy, which lapsed last December. Congress had voted to terminate the PTC along with other tax breaks for wind projects at the end of 2013, only to have […]

A Bumpy Ride for Germany’s Green Energy

The aim of the German Energiewende (also known as Germany’s Energy Transition) is to decarbonize the energy supply by increasing access to renewable energy and improving energy efficiency. A key part of the Energiewende is the outright rejection of nuclear power as an alternative to fossil fuels and the complete shutdown of nuclear facilities by […]

Energy Security Must Include Reliable Power

A similar version of this blog post appeared in Newsmax: Unlike populations in most other parts of the world we Americans take vital benefits of dependable electricity for granted. We simply plug into an outlet or flip on a switch and fully expect that our lights will go on, our computers will charge, our coffee […]

Google Flies a Kite for Wind Energy

Austin’s 2015 South by South West Festival featured music, expos, and giant, airborne wind turbines. During the Interactive portion of the festival, Astro Teller, the head of Google X, accounted Google’s intention to begin launching is 84-foot airborne wind turbines: There is an enormous benefit to going up higher. If this works as designed it […]

The Wind Beneath the Waves

The $2.6 billion off shore Cape Wind project failed to meet deadlines to secure financing and to begin construction and the heavily subsidized wind farm is now going to “sink below the waves.” The millions in taxpayer subsidies already prove that this thing should not float. While other off shore wind farms are planned, falling […]

Volatility Myth of Energy

Brookings Institution’s article claiming that falling oil prices will not hurt renewable “clean” energy wrongfully tries to make a comparison. Oil prices do fluctuate a good amount, and are part of a really good openly traded market. Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, are not openly traded in a market and are heavily […]

Big Battery Energy Project

Installing batteries in power lines helps manage supply and demand of energy to consumers. The largest power transmission and distribution company in Texas, Oncor, has a $5.2 billion plan that intends to use 5 gigawatts of batteries to store electricity at night and then use it during the day. Critics believe that this plan would […]

Renewable Energy Protest Deflates

Demonstrators in Madison, Wisconsin protested outside the Public Service Commission for more renewable energy in the state last week. Demonstrators gathered outside the Public Service Commission to protest against a requested rate structure change by the local utility company, Madison Gas and Electric (MG&E). During the protest, they decried the use of “dirty coal” and […]

Texas Wind Energy’s Expensive Wait and See Experiment

Wind energy subsides and other public incentives cause “Wait and See Experiment” in Texas. The state is now home to one of the largest sources of wind energy production in the world. Texas has invested about $7 billion in a sprawling wind power network that spans nearly 4,000 miles. Alternative energy projects have benefited mostly […]

The “Inequality” of Federal Wind Energy Subsides Distribution

President Obama has been famously outspoken about “a dangerous and growing inequality” in our economy that has “jeopardized middle-class.” He was so adamant about our private sector’s misallocation of income away from a majority of Americans and towards a fortunate few that he proclaimed, “I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: making […]