Wind industry gets to keep their taxpayer-funded lifeblood for another year. “According to wind energy industry players, the PTC remains crucial for the continued ascendance of wind power…” The wind industry generates power by burning fiat money.

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poppajoe49 January 2, 2013 at 8:20 pm

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When will they surround DC with windmills? It could solve all out energy problems.

StrinaM January 2, 2013 at 8:33 pm

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My brother is going to graduate in May with his AS as a wind turbine technician. I tried to tell him it’s a risky path to take as a 30-something, but he just hears the engineers talk about the money that’s being flung at the projects by the gov’t and the potential high income he could garner. At least he’d also be a certified electrician, as well, to fall back on.

Dan January 3, 2013 at 3:27 am

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Hopefully, your brother, StrinaM will never have to “fall back” any great distance. :-)

poppajoe49 January 3, 2013 at 4:53 am

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Well, the “fall back” from wind turbine tech to electrician, is probably a move forward in my opinion, but then I used to be an electrician.
Wind turbines are not going to last, so at least he has a useful trade under his belt.

flashingscotsman January 3, 2013 at 10:16 am

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My brother used to be a wind turbine technician at Windy Point, near Palm Springs. At the same time, I was working as a crane operator for a contractor to the wind farms, putting blades on the turbines.

When they quit building new turbines, I kept operating equipment elsewhere, my brother is now in Seattle managing a communications company. Make money while you can, then move on.

Jayhawk46 January 3, 2013 at 3:57 am

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Ha! It’s going to be interesting to see what happens when thousands of IBEW workers get laid off because their Coal and Nuke plants are shut down when they can’t compete with goobermint subsidized wind power.

Martin January 3, 2013 at 4:49 am

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Not a problem, Jayhawk, at least for the IBEW. First, wind turbine generators are so unreliable that they all need conventional power plants as backup. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas assumes that wind turbine generators will operate at only 8% of installed capacity at any given time although they will far exceed the assumption some of the time. Also, wind turbine generators are dispersed rather than concentrated as with other kinds of generation stations so to transmit their power will require the construction and maintenance of much more transmission lines. This is a waste of resouces, but it means plenty of employment for IBEW members.

poppajoe49 January 3, 2013 at 4:55 am

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The output of the wind farms is so erratic and unreliable that you might as well power your A/C unit with 9 volt batteries!

StrinaM January 3, 2013 at 6:35 am

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The battery plant for the wind farm here on Oahu exploded a few months back. Set the project back at least 6 months.

poppajoe49 January 3, 2013 at 6:36 am

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And nobody is claiming sabotage by the evil oil companies?

StrinaM January 3, 2013 at 11:02 am

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I don’t think the GW nuts are that imaginative here.

Progressive Hemrrhoid January 3, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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Like wind power has any chance of replacing all the megawatts lost with the closing of all the coal and nuclear plants. But then liberals do their best work in the dark, it’s easier to steal from people that way.

Jayhawk46 January 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm

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The sad thing is, thanks to the half-a**ed way that “Deregulation” was handled, the nuke plants aren’t allowed to decrease their output when the price goes below what we can sell it for (that would be ‘price fixing’). End result: the utilities wind up paying other utilities to take the electricity (the consumer still gets screwed), because the wind farms are being subsidized to the tune of 12 cents / kwh. Look at Kewaunee Station up by Green Bay, WI. There is a good 20 years of life left in that plant, and Dominion announced that they are closing it down because it is no longer financially viable. Add to that the fact that our coal fired power plants are well past their expected lives (average age 40 years, average life expectancy 30 years) and thanks to the libtards no new plants are being built.

Who is John Galt?