Wind Energy Myths Fact Sheet
The two-page fact sheet discusses these topics.
- Wind energy is more expensive than conventional energy.
- Wind energy requires a production tax credit (PTC) to achieve these economics.
- The production tax credit and accelerated depreciation are helpful only to big, out-of-state developers. The economic benefits aren't local, and rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities can't receive the same benefits.
- Wind energy is unpredictable and must be "backed up" by conventional generation.
- If wind energy displaces energy from existing coal plants, then rates will go up.
- New natural gas power plants provide cheaper energy than wind plants.
- Large, utility-grade wind turbines can't be installed on the distribution grid without expensive upgrades and power-quality issues.
- Small projects that might be suitable for co-ops or small municipal utilities are not economical.
- Wind turbines kill birds and thus have serious environmental impacts.
- Wind turbines are noisy.
This information was last updated on August 09, 2011