Roger Taylor (July 24 column) wrote about the “lucrative” Comfit program for developers of small wind turbines. At the end of his piece, he asks, “is it worthwhile to pay now for small-scale wind development?”
Since the developer is being paid 49.9 cents per kilowatt hour to supply electricity to Nova Scotia Power (NSP) and I’m only paying NSP 13.4 cents per kilowatt hour to use electricity, it doesn’t seem to make much sense to continue developing electricity from small wind turbines.
We need more information. Who is paying the difference between the two rates? Is it NSP; is it the government; or is it us, the users of electricity who are currently paying more for each kilowatt hour than it costs NSP to produce it with coal or oil? Also, wouldn’t it be better for NSP to be burning our own natural gas from Sable Island and Deep Panuke rather than imported coal?
Maybe Roger will write some more on this topic and supply his readers with the information necessary for us to answer his question: “Is it worthwhile?”
David Parkes, Head of St. Margaret’s Bay
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