Articles filed under Impact on Economy from USA

Wind energy jobs: A slow go

Outside of manufacturing, wind jobs are not so much in demand. One example: on the new Prairie Wind development near Minot, N.D., there are 77 turbines but the project requires just eight operations and maintenance employees, or about one for every 14 megawatts. As a job-creator, wind proponents themselves admit that coal plants put many more people to work.
11 Nov 2010

Power company to propose lower rates

The head of Bonneville Power Administration told local utilities Tuesday that the agency proposes keeping rate increases lower than projected for the next two years, but ratepayers will get less certainty in return. ...Franklin PUD and other smaller utilities in the region said their increases will not be as large because they don't have the same renewable energy requirements as bigger utilities.
10 Nov 2010

BPA officials talk power costs in Heyburn

Due to a variety of factors, including the volatility of wind energy, its managers have predicted rates may have to increase at least 6 percent in both the 2012 and 2013. ...Because wind is so variable, BPA has to maintain other reliable base generation to handle energy fluctuations, which also adds to its financial pressures.
10 Nov 2010

Cost of green power makes projects tougher sell

Even as many politicians, environmentalists and consumers want renewable energy and reduced dependence on fossil fuels, a growing number of projects are being canceled or delayed because governments are unwilling to add even small amounts to consumers' electricity bills. Deals to buy renewable power have been scuttled or slowed in states including Florida, Idaho and Kentucky as well as Virginia.
8 Nov 2010

Hot air? White House takes credit for Bush-era wind farm jobs

Matt Rogers, the Department of Energy's senior adviser on stimulus, testified to Congress in April of this year that the Section 1603 program was responsible for "50,000 additional jobs in 2009." In an interview in late September, however, Rogers did not dispute the records showing that a large portion of work on many projects was completed before 2009.
21 Oct 2010

Governor Patrick touts wind farm job benefits

Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday pointed to jobs the project will produce, announcing that a company based in Middleborough will make the foundations for the giant wind turbines ...The announcement came as the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, released results of a poll where 70 percent of respondents, once apprised of the increase in electric bills associated with the project, said they opposed the project.
13 Oct 2010

Business to get hit by Cape Wind

"I used to look at Cape Wind and think, 'Oh, wind power. That's great,'" said Housen, whose firm is one of National Grid's largest customers. "I don't say that anymore. Cape Wind is going to cost us significantly more." To offset the increased expense, Housen said he'll probably have to pass along the increase to customers or delay hiring any new employees.
5 Oct 2010

Cape Wind rates will whack businesses, hospitals, schools; Blown away by costs

And experts say most of those costs will be passed on to the same consumers who, as rate- and taxpayers, will be paying for the cost of planting the turbines off Nantucket Sound - and footing higher energy bills once the project is running. "As they say, there are lies, damned lies and statistics," said energy analyst Robert McCullough. "This is a very expensive project."
4 Oct 2010

Hearings confirm lower-cost alternatives to Cape Wind

DPU concluded hearings Friday on a proposal that would add $1 billion to the electric bills of National Grid customers to pay for Cape Wind, even though the utility could have purchased less expensive renewable power from other suppliers. ...Our cross-examination of senior National Grid executives and other principals in the proposed agreement established several important facts.
30 Sep 2010

Cape Wind siting economics and cultures of the Coasts (Part 1 of 2)

When there is no wind no power is produced. When the wind blows at night, battery storage power is as primitive now as it was in 1990, with very little improvement. The Big Breakthrough in proton exchange membranes and fuel cells is still a research hypothesis ...Thus, based on economics the conclusion is that Cape Wind is a No Build project.
29 Sep 2010

Cape Wind siting economics and cultures of the Coasts (Part 1 of 2)

When there is no wind no power is produced. When the wind blows at night, battery storage power is as primitive now as it was in 1990, with very little improvement. The Big Breakthrough in proton exchange membranes and fuel cells is still a research hypothesis ...Thus, based on economics the conclusion is that Cape Wind is a No Build project.
29 Sep 2010

13% electricity hike too much

We know from past experience the final rate granted by the Iowa Utilities Board will not be 13 percent, but just the same today are urging the board to allow as little a rate increase as possible to cover expenses, as there are many individuals and companies who cannot afford any more.
27 Sep 2010

Alliant's 13 percent rate hike request now in board's hands

The consumer advocate office believes Alliant should not be allowed to charge customers for bad management decisions it's made in the past, Polle said, citing the higher transmission costs resulting from the 2007 sale of its transmission system to ITC and wind farm overruns as examples. It is asking the board to assess a $5 million per year management inefficiency penalty.
23 Sep 2010

Wind energy costing CWLP customers

Ward 1 Ald. Frank Edwards said this week that aldermen were assured the utility would break even on wind power. He said the city should consider getting out of the agreements and pursue sue the Sierra Club for damages. "Somebody needs to be held accountable," he said. "I just don't think it's fair that the people of this community are forced to bear this kind of burden."
20 Sep 2010

Sisk and TransCanada

In the U.S. wind, on a megawatt basis, gets more subsidy than either gas or coal. And the cost of wind power, per kilowatt generated, is going up, not down as the industry "matures." ...Nowhere in the world have citizens willingly accepted expensive power. I hope Maine does not provide an exception by allowing the wind industry to continue to ravage our landscape to their own ends.
5 Sep 2010

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