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skb69sa

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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 12:08:47 AM

With a key federal tax incentive about to expire, the U.S. installed a 5.5 gigawatts of wind power in December to cap off a year that saw a record 13.2 gigawatts of wind energy come online, according to a report released Friday by research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

The U.S. now boasts a total of 60 gigawatts of wind energy, accounting for 6% of the nation’s total generating capacity.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, wind power prices have dropped more than 21% since 2010. Falling prices and the looming expiration of the production tax credit, which pays a premium for wind energy, unleashed a wind farm building boom last year.

“It’s clear that the economics, aided by the PTC, drove wind growth in 2012,” Amy Grace, a wind analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said
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dudleydolittle
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 4:05:30 PM

With all the hot air in Washington shouldn't need wind power...
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sciotosix
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 5:09:26 PM

Wind power is clean. Hope they put this to good use.
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 2:08:18 PM

No, a POTENTIAL of 13.2 Gigawatts, since wind energy is not 24/7.
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remay
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 1:03:41 PM

And what about the FUTURE?
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jbrad4
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 12:03:12 PM

U.S. needs to invest more in renewable energy. That way we will have more petroleum to export, helping our balance of payments.
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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 11:21:13 AM

Alrighty then
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BackwoodsPundit
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 10:24:44 AM

Almost enough to power 11 Delorian time machines. 10.8 or so.

Of course wont be useful if the environmentalists keep blocking the power transmission lines from being built that connect wind farms to the grid.
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bston
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 10:06:02 AM

Hope it's a good thing for US.
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:38:23 PM


Every bit of energy generated by wind is that much less foreign oil being consumed.
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:47:53 PM

It probably was a record for tax subsidies too.
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tankumo
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 9:17:29 PM

I still prefer geothermal, it runs 24/7
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sailorjupoak
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 7:46:25 PM

Before the oil boom, wind was the big energy source in North Dakota. Used to work near a turbine blade maker and they were just pumping out those things. Now, they have been slowed by the oil boom as ND isn't taking much interest in wind, which we have a lot of.
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mastermariner
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 6:10:05 PM

Way to go
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Jeff4U
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:57:50 AM

My thoughts exactly, Norm10.

The only thing green about turbines is taxpayer money blowing in the wind.
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Norm10
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:19:32 AM

I hate to think what this cost the tax payer!
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Chas58
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:17:16 AM

Our neighbors to the north are finding that the lifespan of these wind turbines to be about 25 years. As time goes by I am sure they will make strides to improve on that. We must understand that somewhere in the future we will run out of oil and ddeposit sites for spent nuke stuff. The sooner we find other means of providing power the better off we will be.
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sydb7
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:16:21 AM

Wind energy production needs to make economic sense w/o subsidies!
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LongPlay
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:14:54 AM

The cost in terms of turbines and maintenance make wind too expensive without our tax dollars. The government needs to quit wasting money on these technologies and a lot of the money goes overseas.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:29:00 AM

U.S. Installed Record 13.2 Gigawatts Of Wind Energy In 2012! With enough wind turbine units operating, the generated 'green' electricty will get more and more. There are wind farms that have been left to 'rust' because maintenance is so high and the return is very low for the electrical power generated, it very much depends on the area of generation. Wind turbine and solar panel electrical generation is Not cheaper than hydro or nuclear power.
How do you store that 'green' energy from Solar and Wind for later use?
What happens when the production tax credit expires?
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII! - The Day After......
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2khawk
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:26:59 AM

How much did that cost American taxpayers?
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my2002m
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:26:34 AM

Only with massive government handouts. Time to end the handouts.
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Hangnail309
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:21:04 AM

That's a start ...
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diesel8888
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:20:40 AM

There is a lot of wind farm in California, how is that going? I hope it's not going to be another lawn ornament....
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zimowski
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:18:48 AM

Time to end the energy tax incentives.
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nwhawk
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:18:07 AM

Great, keep the solar and wind advancing, heat of the future!
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ruca2012
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:17:45 AM

keep it comming. wind, solar new fuels that don't harm or delete resources.
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Rick01
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:14:50 AM

Good start, keep it going.
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orphancarguyPE
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:14:08 AM

Build wind and solar now before you suddenly need it in the future.
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:11:16 AM

LoL hunter at the back to the future reference...

it's a good start, INB
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Chem60
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:11:12 AM

This is great!
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geoutpb
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:10:49 AM

It will ake decades too build all the power needed in the future.
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INBwana
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:10:43 AM


6% sure isn't anything. Like a needle in a haystack.
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hunter86
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:09:48 AM

13.2 gigawatts!?! 13.2 gigawatts!?! Great Scott!!!
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Stevedog
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:09:02 AM

These are good plans as we move ahead
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The3rd
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:08:57 AM

Well, since it's all relatively new technology and there hasn't been a lot of these 'power' plants, a new record isn't all that hard to come by. Let's see what happens when the "key federal tax incentive expire."
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hockey_24
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:07:53 AM

more solar...
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jalan25
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:07:42 AM

Incentive based projects in the short run are not truly indicative of their ability to sustain.
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:06:38 AM

That's a start
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fencemanNY
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:06:20 AM

Better use of carbon based fuels for now THEN non carbon for the future. Great numbers for wind electricity.
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Jamer
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:05:40 AM

Well said Tiernan, well said. I completely agree with you on this one.
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oas
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:05:28 AM

Tax-payer subsidized.
Wind cannot stand on its own.
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:05:25 AM

Good
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NightRider
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:05:14 AM

There is a lot of wind available for turbines in Texas. More power can be generated than there is capacity to move it. More transmission lines are needed to move it to where it needs to go. That is called infrastructure and nobody wants to pay for it.
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cableman31
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:05:01 AM

Build a couple of windfarms outside WASHINGTON. They would generate 13.2 GIGAWATTS alone, and all the wind in WASHINGTON would finally help something instead of just increasing polution.
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Guapo29
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:04:50 AM

Please remember, that is POTENTIAL 13.2 gigawatts of electricity. Amount produced? Hummmm very quiet.
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krobp46
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:04:00 AM

All those billions spent along with the huge federal subsudies and all you could net overall was 6%? Time to put that one to bed too.
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Old Timer
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:01:40 AM

What about all that trouble they were having with wind turbines?
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jeff95519
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:01:33 AM

that's good if there's enough wind
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:01:19 AM

Need more consistency
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:01:13 AM

Isn't that nice
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