Frequent news articles claim that schools or public office wind turbine or solar projects will reduce taxpayers’ costs for district electricity. That will occur only if the district fully repays the taxpayers for the Federal and State subsidies to build the projects, which of course never happens.
The almost half of the cost subsidized by Federal and State taxpayers is never free, but must either be paid for in higher taxes or higher inflation from the Feds printing low interest bonds to force interest rates for savers to near zero, as they have done since President Obama came to power.
News articles claiming that wind or solar power is taking a bite out of the school district or homeowner power bill, should always include that portion of the project paid for by taxpayers through a Federal or State subsidy. The fact is, during my lifetime, solar and wind projects will never have an economic payoff for taxpayers. The 18.3 percent inflation increase in PG&E power to our home 2014 versus 2015 is a good example of the poor value of subsidizing solar and wind power. We converted our lighting to fluorescence in 2013, always shut off lights when we leave a room, and for years keep our HVAC at minimum power levels, but power costs continue to increase at double digit levels.
It would be a poor economic decision to remove our home shade trees, that reduce the HVAC bill, to install taxpayer subsidized solar panels. Sixty years of owning fuel economical cars fully funds our carbon footprint, if carbon is indeed a factor in the 10,000 year cycle of global warming, since the last ice age.
There needs to be honesty in reporting the full costs to taxpayers of wind or solar projects, and not just the savings ignoring taxpayer mandated Federal and State subsidies.
— Joseph Neff, Corning
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