The Sun Journal is running a two part series called "The Economics of Wind". Part 1 runs today, Part 2 tomorrow.
Truly massive subsidies are given to wind for electricity -- See Table ES5 at http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/servicerpt/subsidy2/pdf/execsum.pdf
- There is a glut of natural gas that will likely keep prices low and the state of Maine seems to be conveniently ignoring this
- There is an 800 lb gorilla called inexpensive Canadian hydro that the Baldacci administration seems to be thwarting in favor of its friends in industrial wind
- The article states that Wind hasn't had an easy time out of the gate here, yet what about the expedited law? How much easier could it get?
- Estimates of full time wind farm employees are inflated
- Our schools are setting up a lot of kids for disappointment by training far more than there are jobs in wind power
- The number of companies that benefit is very inflated/misleading. If a wind company buys a box of paper clips or a rivet, they count the company as benefitting
- There are European studies about the high cost of green jobs, e.g.:
- The massive cost of the transmission infrastructure required by wind, e.g., the $1.6 billion CMP upgrade request will combine with wind's already high electric cost to make rates increase, driving business away. We hear about hundreds of jobs (99% which vanish after construction) but we don't hear anything from the state about the jobs we will lose because of higher electric rates.