Impact on Economy
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This case study investigates the impact of wind turbines on residential property values. The study looks at homes near the Melancthon Wind Facility located in Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. The project was built in two phases between 2006 and 2008. It consists of 133 GE 1.5 megawatt turbines with a total nameplate capacity of 200 megawatt. Excerpts of the report appear below. The full case study can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.
This important document prepared by the Northbridge Group explains how the wind production tax credit has distorted the competitive wholesale energy market thus harming the financial of other, reliable generators on the system. The executive summary of the report is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
The Exelon presentation details how the wind production tax credit is distorting the wholesale power market and financially harming other clean, reliable resources. An excerpt of the presentation is below. The full presentation can be accessed by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of the page.
Jonathan Lesser of Continental Economics delivered this presentation which addresses the flaws of the wind PTC and the hidden costs of wind power. An excerpt of his presentation is below. The full presentation can be accessed by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of the page.
This important document examines the Section 1603 cash grant program relative to job creation. The report states that most current methods used to calculate jobs created by Section 1603 are largely unreliable. What accurate jobs data that exists for Section 1603 shows that it produces very few long-term jobs. Also, Section 1603 has resulted in higher costs to the taxpayer than previously anticipated. The executive summary of the report is provided below. To access the full report, click on the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
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.
The Northern Pass transmission line, if built, will carry 1200 MW of renewable energy from Canada to New England. The proposed transmission has set off a firestorm of opposition in New Hampshire where the line will bisect the state and travel through sensitive land areas. The debate concerning property value impacts is similar to the that involving wind turbines. Residents in New Hampshire commissioned two studies, a Resources Impact Report and an Appraisal Report, which looked at how the power line will impact their property. A summary of the two reports is excerpted below. Both reports can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
Resolution #2012-14 was adopted by the City of Kingsville through a unanimous vote of its City Commission. The resolution states the City of Kingsville opposes the construction of industrial wind turbines (wind farms) in the City of Kingsville and in Kleberg County. The full resolution can be accessed by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
Nearly 200 residents of Indiana responded to a call for signatures asking Congress to let the production tax credit to expire. The text of the letter is below. The full letter with signatures can be accessed at the link.