Editorial Board Unfair to Wind Power
Blog: Werner Janssen's blog
January 7, 2013
There can be no question that horses were downgraded when the internal combustion powered vehicles were manufactured thus devastating the use of horse powered buggies. Progress can be messy.
Our Wenatchee World Editorial staff is again going after wind power. There is no doubt that wind power provides some irritation to hydro power. It is true that subsidies are promoting wind power, solar and electric cars. Subsidies also continue to support petroleum, agriculture and infrastructure projects around Wenatchee. Can’t hydro assist rather than challenge a new technology? Hydro is great but hydro also has flaws. Subsidies helped build the hydro electric dams that are now being impacted by subsidies for wind and natural gas. Which subsidies are valid? Who decides?
If the WW Editorial Board is really interested in helping us understand the energy challenge they should document actual lost revenue to the PUD resulting from wind generation. Is wind power really jeopardizing the future of hydro? Wind power may only be an irritation. Perhaps the Editorial Board could investigate the lost revenue to the PUD due to the lower prices of electrical energy due to the low prices of natural gas, also subsidized.
The WW Editorial Board should clarify for us if they see any future for alternative sources of power such as wind, solar and bio-fuel. If the editorial board is actually trying to help the PUD, they need to be reminded that they also tried to help the PUD by refusing to question the validity of the fiber optics financial model. Fiber lost a measly $150 million and growing. Don’t make another mistake. Think forward. Technology is rapidly changing and so should the attitude of the Editorial Board. Don’t be protective. Help North Central Washington explore the future.