…The government subsidizes them.
Driving up Interstate 65 from Indianapolis to Milwaukee today, I was perplexed by an approximately 10-15 mile stretch of highway where there were hundreds of wind turbines dotting the landscape…and out of all the hundreds, I could only see one that was moving…and very slowly at that.
Someone likely made millions of dollars from building and installing these ugly machines….and they stood there…..unmoving….not generating one, single kilowatt of power. I am told that conditions have to be “perfect” for them to be turned on.
The good news, I suppose is that no birds were decapitated today, flying too close to the spinning blades.
I do not profess to be an expert on the topic of government involvement, but many of the articles in the above link shed some light on it, as do these articles…Indiana Wind Industry wants tax credit extended
“Critics say if wind power was a viable industry it wouldn’t need to be so heavily subsidized by taxpayers. They also point to studies that find jobs generated by the industry cost taxpayers many times more than jobs in traditional energy industries”.
I guess I consider myself a critic….If it was a viable, profitable business, the government would not need to subsidize it…the free market would be be all over it…but are they?