The Plain Dealer’s Aug. 5, 2018 article “Big Coal joins fight against Lake Erie green energy turbines” was not as balanced as it should have been and omitted critical facts that your readers are entitled to know.
Murray Energy Corp.’s only interest in the Icebreaker project is to get the facts out relative to the unreliability of wind power and the cost of electricity to consumers and ratepayers generated by it. A $4.5 billion wind power project by an Ohio-based utility was just voted down by Texas regulators for these very reasons.
On average, energy generated by wind power costs electricity users $0.26 per kilowatt hour, while also receiving a 30 percent production tax credit from every tax-paying American. Natural gas generation, over the last 10 years, has cost consumers $0.15 per kilowatt hour, while coal-fired generation costs only $0.04 per kilowatt hour. Moreover, as is demonstrated daily, wind power is intermittent and only reliable if the wind blows not too fast or not too slow.
The construction of this project will make no difference whatsoever to our company, but our involvement has been to alert our citizens as to what they may be getting into. Indeed, at a minimum, this project will end the pristine view of Lake Erie for many Cuyahoga County residents.
Robert E. Murray,
Robert E. Murray is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Murray Energy Corp.
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