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News and Views on Energy Issues In California
The environmental publication Grist, today has a piece about why California has fallen behind in the race to be the nation’s wind energy leader. The report lists all of the usual factors: lack of transmission capacity, birds, expensive real estate, etc., but it contains some pretty notable gripes that seem more at home in the Wall Street Journal than in Grist:
“Regulations, well-developed through the years, make it hard for developments to get off the ground.”
“…Texas provides property-tax exemptions to people with windmills on their land, California does not.”
“…wind could supply 20 percent of California's energy needs by 2020 -- up from less than 2 percent today. That sounds like the stuff of dreams. A more realistic goal may be catching Texas…”
Less regulation? Tax breaks for corporations? Wind energy potential is over-stated? Wow, who knew?
The Long and Windy Road [Grist]