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A View from the Altar / Sol-Windra in Minnesota
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Sol-Windra in Minnesota

The linked article from the Minnesota State News illustrates what AVFTA has been saying about the wind industry.  It exists for the purpose of reaping government subsidies, not generating power where and when it’s needed.  Two reasons why customers pay more: One, wind power costs more than conventional generation.  Two, all the other generating facilities in the region near a wind farm have to be kept fully staffed and running in a standby mode for occasions when the wind dies down.

A few weeks ago I noted that the “extension cord” problem is a crippling liability for wind power.  That is, wind is most available where no customers exist.  One of those available places is southwestern Minnesota, a fact I called attention to here.  It turns out, however, that Minnesota already has more windmills than it can use.  The only solution to this problem is to wheel the power long distances to the east coast.  Alas and alack, the problem there is that Ontario Hydro is already supplying the northeast with lots of surplus hydro power that is — no big surprise here — cheaper than Minnesota wind.

Bottom line: Even if you built the transmission lines from Minnesota to the customers, it would still drive up electricity prices.  This proves, once again, and as if this needed any proving at all, that every windmill you plug into the grid drives prices up.

As Neal Boortz recently noted, nobody has ever heard about this administration mandating a green gadget energy program that actually worked.  After several years of a 100 percent failure rate, you’d think they’d be ready to tweak the recipe.  But the radical environmentalists continue to have a stranglehold on Democrat party politics.  Until that changes, policy won’t change, either.

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