A Nevada “demonstration program” in which electric utilities provide ratepayer-funded rebates for wind turbines’ installation demonstrates wind power’s unreliability and inefficiency – yet again.
The Las Vegas Sun reports the Nevada Public Utilities Commission didn’t heed calls a year ago for the rebate program to require proof of sufficient wind for such turbines. It sided with utility NV Energy, which contended such standards were premature.
That helped make the results of NV Energy’s $46 million wind rebate program to date utterly predictable – and predictably appalling.
Reno, for example, got more than $150,000 in ratepayer-funded rebates for installing $460,000 worth of turbines – and saved a mere $2,800 on its energy bills. The head of Reno’s renewable energy program says turbine makers misled the city about available wind and how much power its turbines would generate.
He wants the Nevada PUC to make proof of electricity generation a turbine rebate requirement. NV Energy, burnishing a “green” image with ratepayers’ money, instead wants a 10-mph average wind speed standard – based on suspect wind-speed models.
It all demonstrates – yet again – that unreliable, inefficient wind power defies sense both economic and common.
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