Texas study cites $2.2 billion in extra wind power subsidies and transmission costs

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powerlinesNot everyone is crazy about wind power. A free-market research group in Texas has produced a study that claims subsidies and higher transmission costs will add, not save, $2.2 billion a year in new costs driven by the alternative energy source of abundant Texas wind.

The state’s current push to accelerate use of wind-generated electricity is “costing, not saving, Texans billions of dollars,” said Bill Peacock, director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Economic Freedom, in a report by Reuters correspondent Eileen O’Grady.

Separately, it’s worth noting that Canada’s largest wind energy project — a $600 million farm with nearly 150 turbines in Ontario — won local planning approval despite considerable opposition. See the Windsor Star report by Gary Rennie.

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