5 thoughts on “Windpower Lowers Cost”

  1. If private investors want to throw-away their own money, that’s fine with me. But no ‘tax credits’ or other taxpayer-funded incentives. Wind power is grossly inefficient- about 25%. It is unreliable. And the start-up costs are prohibitively high.

    The rest of the world is building high-efficiency natural gas, coal and nuclear power plants. We need to face reality- wind power is just a bunch of hot air.

    If Wind Power is so Great, use Your Own Money!

  2. Indeed, windpower is just one of the many answers toward our nation becoming more energy independent. Let the Cape Cod windfarm lead the way, even if it does despoil the Kennedy’s oh-so precious views from their Hyannisport compound.

    Only problem, what happens when the wind doesn’t blow, or for that matter (with solar power) the sun doesn’t shine? Answer: nuclear, geothermal and as necessary, coal.

  3. Some people have a fantasy that windpower is can be the primary source of power. It can at best only be a supplement. The key to making it more viable is to have a breakthrough with storage capacity. A long time ago the government ran a contest to get a breakthrough with steamships. I think we should have a massive 500M dollar prize to the inventor of the best large scale battery/power storage unit.

  4. David, when the Bloomberg article was labled confusing they weren’t kidding. I have to tell you from what I have learned over the years reading about wind power, I’m not sure I see how it actually lowers cost.
    It wasn’t clear if the reduction of cost was across the board or just for generation. As you know when you get your electric bill it is broken down into two parts, generation and delivery.
    It is possible that the generation side is lowered, while at the same time the delivery cost is raised. The article seemed more concerned with the effect to stock holders than to consumers.
    When you factor in the cost to the tax payers of paying for the subsidies or insentives whichever you want to call them, then you also factor in the cost of building back up fosil plants, the cost of transmitting the electric from the source which in most cases are remote locations, the start up cost and unreliability, I’m just not sure.
    I am in agreement with Rick though, private investors are free to spend as much as they wish.
    A real danger at this time is the possible negative effect too much wind power could have on our current grid system. Due to the unreliability of wind it causes spikes and valleys in the supply. This means that back up plants either must do cold starts or more likely keep untis on idle. Neither is good for the industry or the prices.
    I do also acknowledge that if the problem of storing of energy created by wind and solar on an industrial scale is solved wind and solar will be the answers to our prayers, but right now at best it is a long shot.

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