The Roanoke Slant

This file is a very brief journal and scrapbook and LTEs of some examples of the Roanoke Times slant. Comments to: lbhagen@roanokeslant.org

Sunday, May 06, 2012

 

Doubling Cost Of Today’s-Energy Makes Subsidized-Renewables Competitive

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Roanoke Times, 4-28-12, Pg 8: GMU Study prepared for Virginia Conservation Network, a coalition of environmental groups and proponents of renewable energy sources over fossil fuels, determined that renewable power is competitive.
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The study was conducted by academics, with no stated expertise in utility-scale power generation or distribution or rate determination, at the bequest of organizations promoting these preconceived outcomes. No mention made of the massive amounts of taxpayer subsidies, no mention of the Obama jihad to restrict current power generation thereby driving costs higher and no mention of current real-world examples of renewable-energy reliability, 24-7-365 availability and costs.
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WSJ, 5-5-12, Pg A14: Gouged by the Wind
http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052702303592404577364244006391420
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“The Minnesota Rural Electric Association, which represents about 50 small utilities serving about 650,000 rural residents, reports that its members lost more than $70 million in 2011 because of the high cost of wind power.”
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“Mr. Glaess, executive director, estimates that annual residential utility bills are between $50 and $100 higher per household due to the renewable mandate (of 12%). That may be nothing to a $10,000 donor to the Sierra Club, but tell that to family of four living on $25,000 a year in Fergus Falls.”
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“An analysis by the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota found that Green River Energy utility had $22 million in losses in 2010, $35 million in 2011, and this year it is projecting another $35 million loss. A 2011 study by the Beacon Hill Institute, a think tank focusing on state polices, found that from 2016-25 the Minnesota mandate will raise electric costs for businesses and households by $15 billion. By 2025 the average family will pay $265 a year in higher utility bills.”
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If the Editors of the Roanoke Times are so enthusiastic about renewables and think they are so competitive, why aren’t they touting their own usage? They could be buying lots of renewable-energy through AEP’s “Green Pricing Option” available right here in Virginia!
https://www.aepnationalaccounts.com/account/bills/manage/GreenPricing.aspx?state=VA
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Also, why are the editors and management of the Roanoke Times absent from addressing their own very large CO2 Footprint? Apparently they think that sitting in the bleachers of life booing perceived bad actors and cheering on their version of good guys is all they need to do to get into “Green Heaven”.
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2011/10/roanoke-times-not-getting-into-green.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2009/04/vt-energy-assessment-challenge.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2011/01/armstrong-reynolds-democrat-energy-bait.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2012/03/gasoline-prices-highlights-obama.html
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