Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Breezy Projections.

David Baker writes in the San Francisco Chronicle about new federal support for wind energy. According to a new DOE report, wind power could supply up to 20% of the country's power needs by 2030.

The Chronicle write-up seems to indicate that the federal report totally glosses over the very real transmission issue, citing the estimate that a "transmission super highway" could be built at a cost of $.50 per electric bill (presumably that covers construction and not all of the regulatory and litigation costs that would ultimately dwarf the cost of construction).

There is also no mention of bird strikes which have been a real issue with wind turbines in the past.