Wind Blows; Congress May Blow Harder
You catch the leprechaun and are therefore entitled to his gold. Do you:
A) Insist he widen the road you will carry the gold over;
B) Complain that some of the gold coins were minted in China;
C) Make the leprechaun pay for banks to provide gold when the pot is empty; or
D) Take the gold?
For wind power, any answer but (D) is in fashion.
After decades of "can't be done," gigawatt-hours of wind power are right around the corner. But as someone once said, "don't think that power concedes." That includes gas and coal power.
Enter the Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy, mainly comprised of Eastern utilities. They say wind power is now too cheap and abundant to compete with. Their solution: make wind developers pay for new transmission lines, inflating wind power's price.
Natural gas producers in Texas say wind-power providers should help pay for gas generators to backstop the wind generation system during halcyon days.
And four senators want to deprive wind generators of federal clean energy grants unless they build all their parts in the U.S.
Things sure were simpler when Wind was a quixotic pipe dream.