Much is written about subsidies for renewable energy systems in the US, in particular for wind-turbine systems and solar power systems. One blog, WUWT, recently ran a cartoon that is supposed to highlight the subsidies that are bestowed upon wind-turbines. The
|Wind Turbines in US|
The reality of wind-turbines is shown in the photo at right, clean, bird-free, and silently producing power.
What is indisputable is that wind-turbines presently have a very small subsidy from government to encourage their construction and operation. The subsidy exists as a choice between a one-time rebate of 30 percent of the installed cost, and a production tax credit of 1.5 cents per kWh sold that is adjusted for inflation. Most plant owners elect the production tax credit.
However, what is conveniently overlooked by the anti-wind crowd is that nuclear power plants, their favorite form of power generation, has far more, and far more costly forms of government subsidies. The chart below illustrates the many forms of subsidy that the two forms of power generation presently have.
|For US Plants, as of 2016|
For more details on the multiple subsidies enjoyed by nuclear power plants in the US, see this link to an SLB article, "US Nuclear Plants are Heavily Subsidized."
Roger E. Sowell, Esq.
Marina del Rey, California
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