Report: Wind energy, tax credits needed to combat global warming

From Environment Illinois

CHICAGO — The carbon pollution from 16 coal plants could be eliminated in Illinois if wind power continues its recent growth trajectory, according to a new analysis by Environment Illinois. The analysis comes just as Congress considers whether to renew tax credits critical to wind development.

Wind power can replace the dirty energy sources of the past and the pollution that comes with them,” said Rachel Konowitz, campaign organizer for Environment Illinois. “But we need to act now to ensure a clean energy future.”

Continued, rapid development of wind energy would allow the renewable resource to supply 30 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2030, providing more than enough carbon reductions to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

Wind power projects in areas such as LaSalle and McClean counties already produced enough energy in 2013 to power 883,845 homes. The analysis predicts wind will expand significantly in Illinois over the next 15 years, producing enough power for 6.2 million homes.

Wind power will play an increasingly greater role in Illinois’ energy future,” said Kevin Borgia, public policy manager with the Midwest-focused advocacy group Wind on the Wires. “As state lawmakers and regulators prepare to regulate carbon emissions in Illinois, wind generation remains one of the cheapest, most rapidly scalable solutions to reduce carbon emissions and provide reliable, emissions-free power.”

The report, “More Wind, Less Warming,” comes days after the comment period closed for the Clean Power Plan, which Congressional leaders are trying to block. The analysis also comes as lawmakers jockey over the fate of wind energy tax credits in the nation’s spending plan, due to be adopted next week.

America has the potential to power itself 10 times over with wind that blows both over land and off the East Coast.

Speeding the development of pollution-free wind energy will slow global warming,” said Konowitz. “That’s why our leaders should invest now in healthy air and a healthy planet.”

Posted Dec. 4, 2014

4 thoughts on “Report: Wind energy, tax credits needed to combat global warming

  • December 4, 2014 at 1:47 pm
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    Another words they want to soak the taxpayers for more money in the form of government subsidies. Wind is intermittent and that will never change. Wind cannot replace baseload power generators, that is the wind fallacy they want you to believe. Crony politics at its worst, Kevin Borgia is an idiot that works for the turbine maker invenenergy, of course he is going to play up wind energy. They just the subsidies to keep flowing so they can make money off you people who don’t know how energy markets work. The sell to the American public is that it’s “green”, they don’t care about the environment like they claim they do. Research it, you’ll see it’s a load of bs.

  • December 5, 2014 at 7:03 pm
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    Another words they want to soak the taxpayers for more money in the form of government subsidies.

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    Do you realize that fossil fuels are also subsidized?

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    Wind is intermittent and that will never change. Wind cannot replace baseload power generators, that is the wind fallacy they want you to believe.

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    All power is intermittent. Nuclear power has to planned for if it goes down. Wind is also predictable. With a good weather report, you can tell when the generators are going to produce power. Utility operators have a lot of levers they can pull to keep the lights on.

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    . They just the subsidies to keep flowing so they can make money off you people who don’t know how energy markets work. The sell to the American public is that it’s “green”, they don’t care about the environment like they claim they do. Research it, you’ll see it’s a load of bs.

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    Wind is free energy with no pollution after it gets paid off. Right next door Iowa is 29% wind per capita electricity with below average electricity rates in the nation. CO2 being a proven green house gas, clean energy is one of our most important resources we can have. Other wise there is a lot of pain to pay for our refusal to change.

    • December 25, 2014 at 3:03 am
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      True, fossil fuels do receive subsidies but not even close to the extent wind power does. Ten times the subsidies for a forn of power that only operates 20-30 percent of the time? Let’s be real. Then on top of it the whole premise to wind power is it’s zero carbon but has to be backed up by fossil fuel when the wind doesn’t blow. Also, with the way the ptc credit work and it’s predatory pricing allows wind farms to dump power to the grid at negative prices just so they can claim the credit. Wind needs to compete on its own without taxpayer funded subsidies. At the end of the day wind farms are put up so corporations can avoid paying taxes! It’s a pure tax play plain and simple. Corporations will do anything to get out of paying taxes. Who does this hurt? It hurts the middle class because they end up picking up the slack, the same people who are being suckered by companies like ge or vestas who want to sell wind turbines. It’s simply being sold to the public as good for fighting climate change. Personally I don’t care if wind farms do or don’t get built, just stop asking for more subsidies. Twenty plus years is enough for a “mature” industry.
      As for mr. Ward, if wind power is truly been this successful as you point out with all your statistics. Why in the world would you still need taxpayer money?? AWEA is nothing more then the lobbying arm for the same corporations like ge who love not to pay taxes and screw the average American.

  • December 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm
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    Thanks to common-sense, successful policies like the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC), American wind power provides enough power for 18 million homes.

    That growth has spurred the creation of 73,000 well-paying jobs (on average over five years) supported by wind power and an average of $17.3 billion dollars in added private investment to our economy.

    Adding to that great return on investment is the creation of a brand new domestic manufacturing sector with 500 factories in 43 states. By continuing this successful policy, we can keep this blue-collar manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and produce more of our own energy right here at home.

    Rapidly-scaling up wind power also helps create consumer savings, as utilities flock to add more to their portfolio at fixed prices for up to 20-25 years and hedge against uncertain fuel costs. It’s like having a fixed-rate mortgage instead of an adjustable-rate mortgage. In fact, a May 2013 Synapse Energy Economics report found doubling the use of wind in the Mid-Atlantic and Great Lake states would save consumers close to $7 billion a year.

    To learn more about the benefits of wind power with the PTC in place, visit http://www.awea.org/Advocacy/content.aspx?ItemNumber=797

    David Ward, AWEA

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