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Free power from the wind comes at a high price  

Credit:  Cape Cod Times, www.capecodonline.com 18 December 2010 ~~

So much has been said for and against wind power, but there is one factor that is being ignored. Free power from the wind comes at a price! It will drive up our electric rates.

Electric power companies are being forced to pay a high price for wind power whether they have a use for it or not. We receive power instantly when we turn on the switch, but the wind doesn’t blow at our demand. The power companies are entitled to make a profit, and must adjust their rates accordingly. They will raise rates to account for the expenses of making use of the unreliable wind power.

Denmark, the darling of wind power proponents, has the highest electric rates in Europe. They buy most of their base load from neighboring countries and sell most of their wind power for whatever price they can get for it to Poland. When the wind is blowing on the Cape but there is no demand for power on the Cape, where does the power go?

Tim Hammond


Source:  Cape Cod Times, www.capecodonline.com 18 December 2010

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