The fraying of support for wind power’s PTC subsidy

Michael Giberson The coalition in support of  wind power’s Production Tax Credit has always had a bit of a “Baptists and Bootleggers” flavor: environmentalists making a clean and green argument in favor of wind power and the multinational wind power development corporations funding the political muscle needed to get things done. The coalition has proven … More The fraying of support for wind power’s PTC subsidy

The WSJ’s awful editorial against the wind power industry

Michael Giberson Like the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, I’d like to see the Production Tax Credit for wind and other renewable energy technologies expire at the end of this year as scheduled. So policy-wise, I’m with them. Still, their editorial against the wind power policy yesterday was awful and it deserves public … More The WSJ’s awful editorial against the wind power industry

A.C. Pigou, public choice economist, on the use of government

Michael Giberson At the end of a comment on Windfall, a new documentary on the effects of wind power development on a community in upstate New York, Michael Munger pulls out the key Pigou quote. Pigou is relevant because the best possible case to be made for subsidizing wind power production involves correcting for the … More A.C. Pigou, public choice economist, on the use of government

Marc Gunther on the brewing solar PV trade wars

Michael Giberson Marc Gunther asks, “Should we worry about Chinese government subsidies to its solar industry? Or send the Chinese a thank-you note?” The issue is a “dumping” complaint filed by several U.S. based manufacturers with the U.S. International Trade Commission alleging China so subsidizes its solar PV production that the PV panels are being sold … More Marc Gunther on the brewing solar PV trade wars

Is subsidising renewable energy is a good way to wean the world off fossil fuels?

Michael Giberson The Economist is hosting an online debate on the motion, “This house believes that subsidising renewable energy is a good way to wean the world off fossil fuels.” Matthew Fripp of the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University has presented the affirmative case for the motion, Robert Bradley, Jr., of the Institute for … More Is subsidising renewable energy is a good way to wean the world off fossil fuels?

Massachusetts observes that green power mandates may be raising consumer costs

Michael Giberson Let’s just say when the best example of a success story is a long-term contract signed by a utility and the Cape Wind project, you haven’t exactly resolved concerns about the practicality or cost-effectiveness of the law. From the Boston Herald, “AG: Energy costs rising under Mass. renewables law“: The Green Communities Act, … More Massachusetts observes that green power mandates may be raising consumer costs

Scottish wind power plants paid not to produce

Michael Giberson The Telegraph has reported “six Scottish wind farms were asked to stop producing electricity on a particularly windy night last month as the National Grid was overloaded.” The operators were paid a total of £900,000 to take the night off, likely earning more from not operating than they would have earned from selling power that … More Scottish wind power plants paid not to produce

Cheap natural gas upsetting wind development plans, and other energy stories

Michael Giberson Energy stories from around the web. Financial Times, Gas threat to wind farm growth – “Construction of new wind farms in the US is set to decline next year because of competition from cheap natural gas for power generation, the country’s largest developer of new wind power projects has said.” Greentech grid, California … More Cheap natural gas upsetting wind development plans, and other energy stories