Breaking Wind – Quick hits from the industry for August 23, 2011

Items of interest:

1-“As for the windfall in green jobs, that has always been a con job.”Jonah Goldberg (LA Times)

2-“Britain’s Wind Farm Scam Threatens Economic Recovery”Watts Up With That?

3-Former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas “has long maintained that Vermont is known for its unspoiled mountain vistas. He says building 400-foot-plus wind turbines on mountaintops isn’t a good trade-off because the turbines don’t generate enough energy to justify themselves.”Daily Reporter

And …

as Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment suggests: “It is not too late for Vermont to stop and take a serious look at wind turbine development on our mountains. In fact, now is exactly the right time to step back and evaluate what we know, and build on experience.”National Wind Watch

4-Good read from Idaho: “Blowin’ in the wind; What’s the future of area wind farms?”Power Engineering

5-“A CES is a stealth subsidy for wind and solar power because it requires utilities to buy such types of “clean energy” regardless of their cost. Without mandated purchasing, conventional energy forms such as electricity from natural gas render wind and solar power non-competitive–they’re too costly and too unsustainable to win out as the “energy of choice” in a free market. Requiring utilities to buy wind and solar power, then passing that cost onto businesses and ratepayers is simply a hidden subsidy.”The American

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