Apart from line loss due to electricity traveling long distances from generation source to consumption point, if wind projects require 200 miles of transmission line to reach the average point of electricity consumption in the grid and natural gas plants require only 20 miles of transmission line to reach the average point of electricity consumption in the grid (because the latter can be built closer to population centers), should not the ratepayer be advised that the associated transmission cost for wind is ten times that for natural gas? As a basic consumer protection, should not ratepayers be dissuaded of the notion that wind power is free energy?
It's high time for wind projects to fully pay for the amount of transmission they cause and use. Ratepayers should never pay any of this cost.
Directly assigning transmission losses would expose the true costs of delivering electricity from remote locations where renewable resources have been concentrated, NRG and Calpine said, especially West Texas which has seen an over-building of renewables that have overwhelmed the existing transmission infrastructure.......................Trump recently nominated a critic of renewable power and subsidies to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees power markets. Bernard McNamee, a former staffer at the conservative Austin think tank Texas Public Policy Foundation.