Articles filed under Energy Policy from USA

Obama's breezy hypocrisy; Administration tilt at China's windmills ignores U.S. subsidy

The biggest beneficiary of this generosity happens to be General Electric, the top U.S. wind-turbine manufacturer. GE got into the windmill business after gobbling up "renewable energy" assets from Enron as that ill-fated firm was forced into bankruptcy in 2002. Enron's rent-seeking business model didn't change when its wind business moved into the house that Edison built. Billions in taxpayer dollars continue to fan the rebirth of this fundamentally medieval technology.
5 Jan 2011

China wind turbines turn as Europe cuts hit

The green agenda is still moving forward, but it is clear that in Europe it has become more challenging because of fiscal constraints," he told the Financial Times. Growth in new wind energy installations in Europe is forecast to shrink from 14 per cent in 2010 to 1 per cent this year, according to analysts at Citigroup. ...Vestas warned that, while 2010 was set to finish stronger than previously expected, revenues and profits were likely to be flat this year.
5 Jan 2011

Feds wind plan may zap Massachusetts; Ratepayer could see double-digit increases

About a million National Grid ratepayers are already expected to get hit with a 2 percent hike in their electric bills due to the planned Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound. But if 3,000 square miles of additional federal waters are fully developed, as envisioned by the U.S. Interior Department and the Patrick administration, then ratepayers could see double-digit rate hikes valued at tens of billions of dollars, business and industry experts warn.
2 Jan 2011

Feds wind plan may zap Massachusetts; Ratepayer could see double-digit increases

About a million National Grid ratepayers are already expected to get hit with a 2 percent hike in their electric bills due to the planned Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound. But if 3,000 square miles of additional federal waters are fully developed, as envisioned by the U.S. Interior Department and the Patrick administration, then ratepayers could see double-digit rate hikes valued at tens of billions of dollars, business and industry experts warn.
2 Jan 2011

Hydroelectric power could be key to state cutting gas emissions

Hydro Quebec, NStar and Northeast Utilities are working on the Northern Pass project with the Patrick administration's support. Project organizers say the new line could provide another 1,200 megawatts of hydro electricity, enough to power nearly a million houses. The project is still in early engineering and study phases, with the goal of wrapping up in 2015, the Northern Pass website says.
31 Dec 2010

Hydroelectric power could be key to state cutting gas emissions

Hydro Quebec, NStar and Northeast Utilities are working on the Northern Pass project with the Patrick administration's support. Project organizers say the new line could provide another 1,200 megawatts of hydro electricity, enough to power nearly a million houses. The project is still in early engineering and study phases, with the goal of wrapping up in 2015, the Northern Pass website says.
31 Dec 2010

'Renewable' energy crisis sinking Spain

Spain's politicians, in something of an emergency move, have just stuck Spanish households and small businesses with a hefty new energy tax to go into effect tomorrow. Yeah, that oughta help matters. This latest in a series of energy tax hikes is intended to help pay down the burst renewabubble, which they also realize they can't just end but must perpetuate.
31 Dec 2010

‘Let them sip latte': Revolt brewing in Spain over ‘green energy' crisis

Last Friday the government cut the subsidy to windmills and solar panels, again. This included cutting solar subsidies retroactively, in one sense, in that those who bought in at astronomical guaranteed returns for 25 years are taking a haircut even though they were locked into the Ponzi pyramid before some pollos starting coming home to roost. Then, this week, the government approved another increase in the price of electricity for households and small business.
31 Dec 2010

Power rate hikes add insult to economic injury

What's the attraction of these Rube Goldberg power networks, and why are they preferred over reliable and proven energy sources? The answer is simple, really. They are "renewable." Never mind that they require huge subsidies from customers and the federal and state governments. And never mind that when the wind isn't blowing or the sun isn't shining, they are little more than oversized lawn ornaments.
31 Dec 2010

Potential wind-power bill draws mixed reactions

"It is trying to propel companies into renewable stuff. The cost will be passed on to the consumer," Brinkley said. Delegate-elect Patrick Hogan, also a Republican from Frederick, said the bill may go too far. "We should encourage alternative energy, but mandating contracts with the state or between private companies might be overstepping bounds," Hogan said.
30 Dec 2010

Bill requiring wind power may be back

A bill requiring utilities to enter into long-term purchasing agreements for wind-generated power is in the works for the 2011 General Assembly, with supporters and opponents getting ready to air the issue. Prince George's County Sen. Paul G. Pinsky and Montgomery County Del. Thomas Hucker are planning to refile legislation similar to what they sponsored this year.
29 Dec 2010

Why are Maryland lawmakers proposing more corporate welfare for 'Big Wind'?

State senator Paul Pinksy (D-Prince George's) and delegate Tom Hucker (D-Montgomery) have filed a bill mandating state utilities enter into long term contracts to purchase wind generated power. ...If the Pinsky-Hucker bill becomes law, Google and it's investment partners will be the only winners and Maryland utility customers will be the losers.
28 Dec 2010

EPA rules add expense

"We're trying to develop the technology. It is extremely expensive," said Tim Mallan, APCo manager of environmental affairs. Most of the rate hikes customers have seen in recent years resulted from the costs of federal mandates, APCo spokesman Todd Burns said. When new regulations make it more expensive to use carbon- rich coal, "that has an effect on rates," Burns said.
27 Dec 2010

EPA rules add expense

"We're trying to develop the technology. It is extremely expensive," said Tim Mallan, APCo manager of environmental affairs. Most of the rate hikes customers have seen in recent years resulted from the costs of federal mandates, APCo spokesman Todd Burns said. When new regulations make it more expensive to use carbon- rich coal, "that has an effect on rates," Burns said.
27 Dec 2010

Wind export law can cope with economy, observers say

Invenergy, the first wind-power company to take advantage of Nebraska's new wind export law, has been running into some economic headwinds recently in Virginia and other states. In some cases, state regulators have been unwilling to give the go-ahead to proposals to sell wind power because of the impact on utility rates.
27 Dec 2010

Tea party activists seeing red over Delaware's green initiatives

They are seen as the state-backed boost that solar and wind energy need to compete with power generated from fossil fuels in the coming decade. Trouble is, they may be the next target for Delaware tea party activists, who see them as wasteful government intervention into the free market system that just end up costing consumers more for electricity. They're renewable energy credits, or RECs.
26 Dec 2010

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