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NY’s Push for the ‘Unreliables’
NY’s Push for the ‘Unreliables’:
A Blatant Grab of Taxpayer & Ratepayer Money
The 12/29/15 Batavia Daily News Editorial, Shining a light on solar energy, was a refreshing critique of unreliable, subsidy-dependent solar energy. However, deserving of correction is the opening line of the editorial:
"When proposals for wind turbines started showing up in Western New York, even those who opposed them could at least see why a company would want to install the turbines — this region gets plenty of wind."
You would think, after more than a decade of dealing with the controversial wind issue in our area, that 'even those who support wind could see why a company would want to install the turbines’ here -- and it's NOT how much wind we have, but rather...
New York State has MANDATES for the 'unreliables' (ie: wind & solar), and is offering very generous taxpayer and ratepayer-funded subsidies and incentives that draw these rent-seeking corporate hucksters here.
The ‘green’ agenda being pushed by Albany (noted as the most corrupt government in the nation) is NOT, nor has it ever been, about harvesting the wind or catching the sun. As has been said by countless NY officials and wind salesmen alike, "It's all about the money!"
There are countless articles that have been published in this newspaper over the past decade discussing the utter failure that is industrial wind energy that could be referenced here. Unfortunately, the Batavia Daily News erased the entire history of their on-line newspaper a couple months ago when they redesigned their website.
If the history of the Batavia Daily News were still available, people might be interested in reading the article the Batavia Daily published when 'First Wind LLC' (now Sun Edison) pulled out of Attica, NY (which borders the existing 5 wind factory towns here in Wyoming County). First Wind officials reported they were leaving the area because ‘there is NOT sufficient wind here.’
As all of those who have opposed the industrialization of our beautiful rural countrysides with wind factories have known from the start – because we took the time to research the issue – most of western New York State is listed as a “2” on a scale of 1 – 7 on the Dept. of Energy’s wind resource map. Furthermore, easily accessible information exposes the utter inefficiency of the destructive, sprawling mess that is industrial wind – which decries any claims of ‘good winds’ here.
As cited within the pages of this newspaper time and time again - industrial wind provides NO firm capacity, and therefore can NOT provide reliable, dispatchable baseload power. Thus, wind can NOT replace conventional sources that do.
New York State wind factories have been averaging pathetic 24% Capacity Factors (actual outputs) - many days providing nothing at all. Physicist, and Malone, NY town board member, Jack Sullivan has reported on the fact that NY’s wind factories are NOT even producing enough power to pay for themselves over their brief 10 – 20 year lifespans.
There were also many articles discussing the fact that the ONLY reason Invenergy went ahead with the Orangeville project was because taxpayer-funded wind welfare (Wind PTC – aka: Pork-To-Cronies) was extended in the 2012 Fiscal Cliff Deal. (Ironically, this seems to be exactly what the Batavia Daily News is worried about regarding the push for solar.)
The list could go on, but what it boils down to is this:
The fact that these financially-motivated corporations would build solar projects where there is little sun, and/or destructive wind factories where there is ‘marginal’ wind, effectively exposes the whole wind/solar scam for what it is:
A BLATANT GRAB OF TAXPAYER & RATEPAYER FUNDS!
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Mary Kay Barton
Mary Kay Barton is a retired New York State-certified Health Educator, a Cornell-certified Master Gardener, and a tireless advocate for scientifically-sound, affordable, and reliable electricity for all Americans. She has served over the past decade in local Water Quality organizations and enjoys gardening and birding in her National Wildlife Federation “Backyard Wildlife Habitat.”
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