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NERC Reality vs. AWEA’s Goggin: Chasing a Ghost in Windland

“It is simply dishonest to state that very high levels of renewables can be accommodated with little problem, while NERC states that until we figure out who pays for all the substantial operational and reliability challenges those VERs bring to the system, higher penetrations (above 20%) become problematic.”

Last fall I entered into a debate in the comment section of a post on The Energy Collective with AWEA’s Michael Goggin. As is his style, Mr. Goggin posted a long series of statements about wind energy suggesting that it is neither more difficult to integrate high percentages of wind into the grid than conventional generators nor does it create significant additional expense for grid operators or ratepayers.

I responded with a post stating that a recent paper by NERC entitled “Maintaining Bulk Power System Reliability While Integrating Variable Energy Resources – CAISO Approach” contradicted nearly everything he stated in his post. He then suggested that I needed to explain to him precisely how it did.

A plain reading of the NERC document did not require much interpretation to see that NERC and CAISO both see significant and expensive technical obstacles when it comes to integrating 20% or more of Variable Energy Resources (wind and solar) into California’s grid. So I ignored his pleas for me to show him precisely how the NERC report did exactly that. To me, and I think to most informed readers, it is self-evident. But since Mr. Goggin has persisted in pushing his point that I cannot support my statements, I have drafter this response today. [Read more →]

March 5, 2014   No Comments

Wind Power Unclothed: ‘Economics in One Lesson’ Applied (Hazlitt in 1946 versus AWEA today)

“Economics is haunted by more fallacies than any other study known to man. This is no accident. The inherent difficulties of the subject would be great enough in any case, but they are multiplied a thousand fold by a factor that is insignificant in, say, physics, mathematics or medicine – the special pleading of selfish interests.”

- Henry Hazlitt, Economics in One Lesson (1946)

A year ago, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) was desperately fighting against the scheduled expiration of its most prized federal subsidy, the wind production tax credit (PTC). As I wrote at that time, AWEA’s argument–please government, keep our activity going for job creation and other economic gain–rested on a basic, long-debunked fallacy of economics.

AWEA believes that wind’s “is” equals “ought”–that recorded activity is a per se good. But there is an opportunity cost of action–what is not seen but known to exist from the economic law of scarcity.

Wind interests conclude that resources expended by them come from thin air rather than from the productive sector (taxpayers, ratepayers). Resources that do not go to wind, in other words, are resources lost to the economy as a whole.

This is wrong. A free-market redirection of resources away from wind power would free land, labor, and capital (the factors of production) for goods and services as determined by consumers, not government. [Read more →]

December 16, 2013   3 Comments

AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: November 18, 2013

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of more than 10,000 individuals and organizations interested in improving government energy & environmental policies. Our basic position is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science. It’s all spelled out at WiseEnergy.org, which is an exceptional collection of helpful resources.

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every 3 weeks we put together a newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and environmental matters. We appreciate MasterResource for their assistance in publishing this information.

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Greed Energy Economics:

A letter from 50+ US Congressional Members against the PTC

The Wind Production Tax Credit Should Not Be Extended

100+ Organizations Petition Congress to end the PTC

Net Subsidy Analysis

Property values are the new front line in the war over wind turbines

32 Lawsuits against wind developer — including property value loss

Another local wind project bites the dust

N.J. Offshore Wind Project Reveals True Cost to Taxpayer

Developer backing out of Offshore project — not enough handouts

Two US Senate bills advocating a national RPS

Europe’s Renewable Energy Push Has Completely Backfired

Fossil fuels now beat wind and solar on environmental as well as economic grounds

We will never reduce energy bills as long as we are in hock to the green lobby

Turbine Health Matters:

Maine law gives citizens new rights re wind energy

[Read more →]

November 18, 2013   6 Comments

AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: October 28, 2013

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of more than 10,000 individuals and organizations interested in improving government energy & environmental policies. Our basic position is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science. It’s all spelled out at WiseEnergy.org, which is an exceptional collection of helpful resources.

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every 3 weeks we put together a newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and environmental matters. We appreciate MasterResource for their assistance in publishing this information.

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Greed Energy Economics:

American Renewable Energy — a National Kamikaze Mission?

Utility CEOs Call for End to Subsidies for Wind, Solar Power

Assessing the Cost of Wind Energy   (Which was then followed up by this MR article, with good comments.)

Wind Power Costs in U.S. Are Six Times Higher Than Claimed

What Does it Really Cost Utility Customers to Subsidize Renewables?

European Economic Stability Threatened By Renewable Energy Subsidies

Rush to deploy clean energy tech is costly recipe for failure

Challenging the Clean Energy Deployment Consensus

Electricity Demand, GDP, and Energy Policy

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October 28, 2013   2 Comments

AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: October 7, 2013

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy & environmental policies. Our basic position is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science. It’s all spelled out at WiseEnergy.org, which is a wealth of energy and environmental resources.

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every 3 weeks we put together a newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and environmental matters. We appreciate MasterResource for their assistance in publishing this information.

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US Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC):

Wind industry lobbying for another extension of PTC

Dr. Michaels Testifies against the PTC in Congress

House Hearing on PTC

Wind Subsidies, déjà vu

Credits to Spur Renewable Energy Sources Seen Set to End

Several organizations protest against the wind PTC

GOP questions need for wind farm tax credit

Greed Energy Economics:

Renewables Religion is Dangerous — “it’s insanity”

Are we prepared to accept the cost of moving to renewables?

Let’s calculate the true cost of wind power

Wind investments blow Pickens off the Forbes 400 list

Dollar Migration Amounts for each US state

German Economics Experts Say Enough to Costly ‘Green” Energy

Germany’s Green Dream Costs Spiral Out of Control

Global Warming ‘Hiatus’ Puts Climate Change Scientists On the Spot

They’ve gone too far to admit they were wrong

NYSERDA finances under scrutiny by comptroller, inspector general

Housing values plummet in shadow of turbine developments

The tax-exemption rip-off

Bishop of Newcastle hits out at wind turbine tourism damage

Chinese typhoon knocks out 17 wind turbines

Ontario is Michigan’s and New York’s best friend

Ontario Failing Like Europe

Rhode Island is being had by Deepwater Wind

Turbine Health Matters: [Read more →]

October 7, 2013   1 Comment

AWED Energy & Environmental Newsletter: August 26, 2013

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy & environmental policies. Our basic position is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science. It’s all spelled out at WiseEnergy.org, which is a wealth of energy and environmental resources.

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every 3 weeks we put together a newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and environmental matters. We appreciate MasterResource for their assistance in publishing this information.

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Greed Energy Economics:

Wind Energy: Only When the Wind Blows and the Subsidies Flow

Wind Energy Curtailment

Wind and Solar are Parasitic Power Producers

It’s Not Gridlock That is Blocking a Carbon Tax, It’s Science and Economics

Radio Interview: Massachusetts’ Cape Wind — Beginning of the End

[Read more →]

August 26, 2013   1 Comment

FERC Order 1000: Cost Socialization for ‘Green’ Energy (NRDC, AWEA Rejoice)

“Regular people only need to understand that this is likely the most progressive clean energy action the federal government will take this year.”Center for American Progress

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is capable of making bold moves under the radar. Last year it imposed a $245 million sanction on a major utility without too much fuss. Beginning this year, as part of a landmark rulemaking called Order No. 1000, FERC will be lending a multi-billion-dollar hand to large wind developers.

Overview

According to FERC, “Order No. 1000 is a Final Rule that reforms the Commission’s electric transmission planning and cost allocation requirements for public utility transmission providers.”

At the risk of oversimplifying a 600+ page document, Order No. 1000 essentially adds a requirement that (1) transmission providers consider new projects driven by state and federal “public policy,” and (2) planning regions do away with “participant funding,” at least at the regional and inter-regional level, which means that transmission costs must be allocated over a broad region. There was also a third major requirement (that transmission providers remove language regarding the “right of first refusal” from their tariffs), but let’s save that for another day.

If the combination of (1) and (2) above sounds like a rent-seeker’s dream, then kudos for seeing through the jargon. To put it differently, regional electricity transmission plans must take state and federal public policies into account, no matter how costly or ineffective they are (think renewable energy mandates).

Then the costs of the transmission lines built according to those plans are socialized. How great is that if you’re a large wind developer? States mandate that their citizens buy your intermittent power, and then a regulatory agency helps you spread one of your biggest costs far and wide, across state lines and to countless unaware consumers. [Read more →]

April 8, 2013   12 Comments

AWEA: Stuck on Stupid (Bode bails wealth-destroying, rent-seeking racket)

“The sheer ridiculousness of the [six-year, front loaded PTC extension] outraged Congressional members and may well have changed the debate. It’s NO coincidence that within 24-hours of AWEA’s poorly received proposal, Denise Bode bailed. A move that sudden suggests the industry thinks it’s better off without her and probably without AWEA’s inflexible, out-of-touch campaign.”

The American Wind Energy Association’s relentless, year-long lobbying campaign to secure extension of the wind production tax credit (“PTC”) hit major headwinds last week, which precipitated the abrupt resignation of its CEO, Denise Bode.

Branded the “Save USA Wind Jobs,” AWEA’s plan tried to stigmatize Congressional members from Red and windy states with the argument: oppose the PTC, and you oppose American jobs.

But rather than gaining support, resistance intensified to extending the PTC. With only two weeks remaining in 2012, it’s not certain what will happen with the subsidy, but one thing is clear: AWEA’s robotic jobs jab has chilled its effectiveness. Big Bucks cronyism does have its limits.

Changing Market; Inflexible Messaging

Prior to 2008, wind was still a niche resource. Under 15,000 megawatts of installed wind was eligible for the PTC and the price tag for the subsidy, in total for its first 15 years (1992–2007), was under $6 billion and less than $1 billion in any one year. Each time the PTC was up for renewal, Congress complied.

Since then, wind installations in the U.S. ballooned to over 50,000 megawatts, and the carrying cost for a 1-year extension is now projected to be $12 billion.

In today’s economic climate, AWEA’s campaign messaging is withering under challenge. [Read more →]

December 17, 2012   18 Comments

Positive News from AWEA: “Layoffs mount in U.S. wind power manufacturing plants this week”

Unfortunately the [wind] industry has begun letting workers go up and down our American manufacturing supply chain…. Congress must [extend subsidies] now to give wind energy a stable business environment… to … save 37,000 American jobs by the first quarter of next year.”

    - Denise Bode (AWEA), Press Release, August 9, 2012

“He who lives by a legalized sword, will perish by a legalized sword.”

    - Ayn Rand, “The Moratorium on Brains II,” Ayn Rand Letter, 1971

The wind industry is imploding, and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is providing the details. Suffice it to say that there will be no Jay Leno at the next AWEA confab.

With accumulating layoffs, extending the Production Tax Credit (PTC) is increasingly becoming too late. AWEA has been warming about 10,000 job losses by September 1, and now the number is 37,000 in the next seven or so months.

Wind companies are wising up to the fact that consumers don’t like their product. And who wants to bet their future on politicians with federal deficit reduction being the elephant in the room? If AWEA is to be believed, there will not be much of an industry to save in a matter of months.

Here are the latest layoff announcements, according to AWEA:

  • In Tulsa, Okla., DMI Industries announced 167 workers will be unemployed by November;
  • In West Fargo, N.D., DMI Industries said 216 jobs stand at risk; [Read more →]

August 20, 2012   7 Comments

Wind Wipe Out? (Worst feared at AWEA convention)

No Jay Leno this year at the annual confab of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Instead of celebration and jokes (all at the expense of taxpayers and ratepayers), there is doom and gloom.

Bill Opalka reports at EnergyBiz:

Failure to extend the production tax credit would devastate the domestic wind energy supply chain and virtually wipe out wind power development next year, officials stressed during the June 4 opening of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) annual conference in Atlanta.

But the public is catching on to the industrial wind ruse.  The lead comment (7:48 AM) on Opalka’s article says much about how fatigue has set in to this ancient, postmodernistic energy source:

Will this desire to feed at the public trough never end? The mere fact that wind needs the PTCs to survive tells us very loudly and clearly it is not a competitive power technology at this time. The mass deployment of wind is interfering with the natural order of the free market. Many older coal plants and gas-fired steam plants would have been replaced by newer, more efficient, and cleaner supercritical or ultra-supercritical coal plants and/or gas turbine combined cycle power plants based on the costs of fuel and maintenance…. [Read more →]

June 6, 2012   8 Comments