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Consider cost of wind energy

The editorial, "Wind is worth it" (Jan. 6) reminded me of my father's musing over a college student friend of my brother's who came to dinner and stayed four years. Walter would compliment my Dad's skill at the grill and the prime cut. "It's worth the extra money," he'd say. My Dad would quip, "Of course it's worth the extra money when I'm paying for it."

The editorial, "Wind is worth it" (Jan. 6) reminded me of my father's musing over a college student friend of my brother's who came to dinner and stayed four years. Walter would compliment my Dad's skill at the grill and the prime cut. "It's worth the extra money," he'd say.

My Dad would quip, "Of course it's worth the extra money when I'm paying for it."

This sentiment is relevant to the Cape Wind endorsement by editors who state it's worth it, because tax and ratepayers would be paying the extra money for Cape Wind energy.

How much more would Cape Wind energy cost?

The lead Cape Wind federal permit reviewing agency, Minerals Management Service, estimates that Cape Wind energy cost would be twice that of the public market, and this is after the full benefit of tax and Renewable Portfolio Standard incentives.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stated that Cape Wind is "not economically viable" in their comments on the final Cape Wind MMS environmental impact statement.

Attorney General Martha Coakley's energy white paper concludes: "However, renewable energy generation remains expensive compared with conventional generation."

The AG is by statute the... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The editorial, "Wind is worth it" (Jan. 6) reminded me of my father's musing over a college student friend of my brother's who came to dinner and stayed four years. Walter would compliment my Dad's skill at the grill and the prime cut. "It's worth the extra money," he'd say.

My Dad would quip, "Of course it's worth the extra money when I'm paying for it."

This sentiment is relevant to the Cape Wind endorsement by editors who state it's worth it, because tax and ratepayers would be paying the extra money for Cape Wind energy.

How much more would Cape Wind energy cost?

The lead Cape Wind federal permit reviewing agency, Minerals Management Service, estimates that Cape Wind energy cost would be twice that of the public market, and this is after the full benefit of tax and Renewable Portfolio Standard incentives.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stated that Cape Wind is "not economically viable" in their comments on the final Cape Wind MMS environmental impact statement.

Attorney General Martha Coakley's energy white paper concludes: "However, renewable energy generation remains expensive compared with conventional generation."

The AG is by statute the consumer advocate in state and federal regulatory proceedings involving natural gas and electric rates. The AG under mandate is responsible to ensure "reliable" energy at the "lowest possible cost."

The editors might consider that public interest is served by reliable and affordable energy, too.


Source: http://www.southcoasttoday....

JAN 12 2010
https://www.windaction.org/posts/24101-consider-cost-of-wind-energy
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