Browsing All posts tagged under »Wind Power Subsidies«

Failing The Laugh Test: Wind, Solar Power Make Subsidy Accusations

July 30, 2018 by


From the team at CFACT ~ The lavishly subsidized wind and solar power industries apparently don’t like other meth dealers – er, make that energy subsidy recipients – on their federal-pork street corner. The evidence? Wind and solar apologists are squealing with outrage that coal and nuclear power may finally get their own small piece […]

America Blighted By Industrial Wind

July 30, 2016 by


Green gangsters rip us off while enriching the 0.1% and trashing the environment By Mary Kay Barton  ~ “America is being auctioned off to the highest bidder.” – Donald J. Trump A recent Joe Mahoney article, NY looks to the wind to replace its fossil fuel diet, was full of half-truths and misinformation. There is […]

Who Wants Wind Turbines?

June 16, 2016 by


By Marita Noon ~ Last month’s wind-turbine fire near Palm Springs, CA, that dropped burning debris on the barren ground below, serves as a reminder of just one of the many reasons why people don’t want to live near the towering steel structures. In this case, no one was hurt as the motor fire was […]

5 Reasons Why We Shouldn’t Keep Subsidizing Wind And Solar Energy

December 15, 2015 by


By Katie Tubb ~ Proponents of energy subsides argue that they are necessary for any number of reasons such as, business certainty, to stimulate the economy, preserve jobs, combat global warming, compete internationally, and the like. But, in the long run, subsidies actually hurt the very industries they’re supposed to help by disincentivizing innovation and […]

Why Wind Energy Is Not Going To Meet All Our Energy Needs

August 18, 2015 by


By Katie Tubb ~ The Department of Energy released its annual Wind Technologies Market Report last week, and the headline is roughly the same as years past: wind is great…and getting greater, but it needs more federal subsidies. In fact, the Department of Energy and the wind industry have all but acknowledged the long-term un-competitiveness […]

Aussies Cancel Wind Subsidies

July 14, 2015 by


By Craig Rucker ~ You’ve got to hand it to the Aussies. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott‘s coalition came to power on a promise to scrap Australia’s hated carbon tax. Soon after their victory, they scrapped the tax. Now Australia’s government has ordered its “Clean Energy Finance Corporation” to provide no future subsidies for wind […]

Why This Economist Wants Government To Stop Wasting Money On Alternative Energy

March 25, 2015 by


By Jamie Jackson ~ On Tuesday, a House Science subcommittee held an oversight hearing on the Department of Energy. The Heritage Foundation’s Nick Loris was on hand to testify that  the agency continues to waste taxpayer dollars funding alternative forms of energy. Loris, the Herbert and Joyce Morgan fellow, argues the government’s focus should be […]

Certainty Will Come By Eliminating Handouts For Ethanol And Wind

March 18, 2015 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ Energy policy was a hot topic for prospective Republican nominees for President at last week’s Iowa Agriculture Summit (Ag Summit). Unfortunately, a number of the contenders are getting the issue wrong, voicing support for targeted tax credits for wind and the ethanol mandate because of industry pleas about “uncertainty,” a gambit […]

In Australia, The Green Energy Fantasy Has Collapsed

March 6, 2015 by


By David Kreutzer, Ph.D. ~ If you are sailing miles from shore and come upon the rusted prows of sunken ships, you can be sure that water is not that deep and it would be a good idea to change course. Australia is just the latest ship’s prow to warn us away from the treacherous path of green […]

Why Is The Federal Government Doling Out Billions To The Wind Industry?

December 4, 2014 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ A generous taxpayer-funded handout for the wind industry expired at the end of 2013—but it’s not going to the grave quietly. Congress could give the handout new life. Currently, Congress is tossing around the idea of a one-year or multi-year extension of the wind production tax credit. That’s a mistake. Policymakers […]

Tell Congress, “End Wind Energy Tax Giveaways Now”

December 3, 2014 by


Lame Duck Congress could vote this week on more tax dollars for Big Wind By Paul Driessen ~ There is a good chance that the Lame Duck Congress could vote as early as Wednesday, December 4, on extending huge taxpayer subsidies for Big Wind energy companies for another three, five or more years. Citizens concerned […]

Wind Industry Admits It Needs Handout To Compete

October 9, 2014 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ One of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers let loose a bit of truth and self-admission to the Financial Times: We still need help, and that help must come from taxpayers. The wind production tax credit, a generous $23 per-megawatt-hour tax credit the producer receives for 10 years, expired last year. […]

Let The Market Decide Wind Industry’s Fate

August 22, 2014 by


By Katie Tubb and Nicolas Loris ~ Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently praised the growth occurring in the wind industry in his remarks on the release of two Department of Energy (DOE) reports on wind energy. But in the same breath, Moniz stated the future of the U.S. wind industry depends on Congress. This defies […]

The 2014 State Of Wind Energy

April 22, 2014 by


Desperately seeking subsidies By Marita Noon ~ With the growing story coming out of Ukraine, the ongoing search for the missing Malaysian jet, the intensifying Nevada cattle battle, and the new announcement about the additional Keystone pipeline delay, little attention is being paid to the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy—or any of the […]

The Great American Wind Power Fraud

October 22, 2013 by


By Alan Caruba ~ In July the Fairhaven, Massachusetts Board of Health voted to shut down the town’s two wind turbines at night between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. after dozens of residents had filed more than 400 complaints. Testing had demonstrated that the turbines exceeded state noise regulations and those specified in their operating […]

The New York Wind Farm Scam

September 21, 2013 by


Phony crony capitalism means ugly wind farms that kill birds and and whole communities! By Mary Kay Barton  ~ Congress’s last minute extension of the PTC or Production Tax Credit (aka: “Pork To Cronies”) within the December 31, 2012, fiscal cliff deal was good news for Big Wind corporate welfare profiteers, like Michael Polsky’s Invenergy. It […]

Wind Power: Only When The Wind Blows And The Subsidies Flow

August 7, 2013 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ Wind turbines produce power only when the wind is blowing. But perhaps more importantly, wind production builds only when the subsidies are flowing. The wind industry is experiencing slow growth through the first half of the year and blaming uncertainty over a massive subsidy as a reason why. Alex Guillen of […]

No Global Warming, But Now Signs Of Cooling Instead

June 17, 2013 by


By Andrew Bolt ~ Professor Judith Curry, chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, says the question now is not whether global warming has paused, but whether global cooling has started: Attention in the public debate seems to be moving away from the 15-17 yr ‘pause’ to […]

Offshore Wind: The New Math

June 7, 2013 by


By David Kreutzer, Ph.D. ~ The Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management (BOEM) recently provided some statistics on NRG’s Bluewater Wind project off the coast of New Jersey that show what a bad deal this project will be for taxpayers and consumers. NRG paid about $24,000 to lease 96,000 acres, which works out to about […]

Top Wind Utility: Wind Subsidy Benefits Industry, Not Consumers

January 5, 2013 by


By Lachlan Markay ~ The biggest wind energy purchaser in the country may sever ties with the industry’s largest trade group in the wake of a bitter fight to sustain subsidies for wind energy producers that, the company says, benefit producers at the expense of utilities and electricity consumers. Xcel Energy, which had the largest […]

Blowing More Taxpayer Money for Offshore Wind

December 14, 2012 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ Much of the debate over wind subsidies this past year has been over the extension of the wind production tax credit. But even if the subsidy expires at the end of the year (as it is supposed to), that does not mean all wind subsidies are disappearing, even though they should. […]

Wind Energy Subsidies Are As Useful As VHS Tape Subsidies

August 17, 2012 by


By Amy Payne ~ The wind production tax credit is set to expire at the end of this year, which has the industry crying out for continued subsidies. Heritage’s Nicolas Loris has made the case that the wind energy tax credit makes as much sense as a VHS production tax credit. Can you imagine the […]

Wind PTC Already Phasing Out—for Certain

August 2, 2012 by


By David Kreutzer, Ph.D. ~ The production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy is set to expire at the end of this year, but its supporters are arguing for an everlasting extension using twisted logic. For a while, the argument was that businesses need certainty. The law as it currently stands provides certainty—eligibility for the […]

Wind PTC: There’s No Free Lunch

June 22, 2012 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ Real men wear pink. Real women wear fur. And real market-based policy doesn’t include special interest subsidies. Sadly, lots of legislation fails the real free market test. So it is with one of Washington’s favorite energy sources du jour: energy production tax credits (PTC). Sadly, anti-market policies like the expansion of […]