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Wind Spin: Responding to the American Wind Energy Association

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#llinowes">Lisa Linowes</a> -- April 11, 2011

The newly released Annual Market Report, 2010 from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) can be summed up in one word — Spin!

I’ve tracked the wind industry’s progress closely in the last six years, and mapping our observations to their declarations is always a challenge; AWEA’s reports are packed with assertions but rarely include the data and assumptions on which claims are based.

This year’s report was no different. To illustrate the point, it is useful to critically examine some of their claims. After all, we as taxpayers directly or indirectly enable┬áthe projects that make┬áthis trade association possible.

High Cost, Low Value

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