Energy Policy and USA
Economist Robert Michaels PhD presented this important testimony at a hearing before the Oversight Subcommittee and Energy Subcommittee of the Committee on Space, Science, and Technology. Dr. Michaels addresses the inefficiencies of wind energy and high costs of the technology. The purpose of his testimony is provided below. To access the full testimony, click on the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
The U.S. House Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Energy conducted an informative hearing on wind energy. The charter of the hearing, the witnesses who appeared and links to their testimony as well as detailed background information on the purpose of the hearing were released in this document prepared by staffers for the Committee.
This month, two subcommittees of the House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a joint hearing, “Impact of Tax Policies on the Commercial Application of Renewable Energy Technology.” Windaction.org's Lisa Linowes was one of nine witnesses who testified. A summary of Ms. Linowes testimony follows. The full text of her testimony can be accessed at the links at the bottom of this page.
This paper by Gordon Hughes evaluates the economics of large wind. The executive summary of his report appears below. The full report can be accessed by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
Dr. Michaels' testimony before Congress concerning the economics that underlies H.R. 2915, and the consequences of repealing the Western Area Power Administration’s (WAPA) $3.25 billion borrowing authority under The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. His testimony explains the realities of renewables as a source of job creation.
The annual wind market report is an important document for those tracking trends in the U.S. wind industry. The report provides information on wind energy's performance and cost in key regions of the country and explains economic and social forces impacting industry growth.
The Hamilton Project examines the cost of energy by fuel type.
Jonathan Lesser explores how high-cost subsidized renewable resources risk destroying jobs and hurting consumers.
Energy expert Glenn Schleede details key flaws found in the Jobs and Economic Development Impact model (JEDI) used by the DOE's National Renewable Energy "Laboratory" (NREL) to the forecast economic benefits of wind energy development.
The informative paper provides a clear explanation of the risks and harm of relying on 20% of our electricity supply from intermittent renewable energy. The author is President and CEO, Deseret Power, an electric cooperative located in Utah. The concluding section of his paper appears below. The full report can be found at the links at the bottom of this page.