Big whoop

Connecticut taxpayers will subsidize 3000 lucky homeowners by 2022  to purchase solar panels. Cost? Millions and millions. Net energy output? Just about zero. In the meantime, we’re shutting down our Millstone nuclear plants, 2,000 megawatts output powering 500,000 homes, so that the propeller beanie folks can take over our energy needs.

Over in New York, they’re busy shutting down Indian Point, another 2,000 + megawatt plant and again, the crazies plan to replace the energy with more propeller heads.

Out on Nantucket Sound, the huge windmill energy project, so large that Teddy Kennedy contracted brain cancer and died from worry about his ruined view, is estimated to produce  all of 454 megawatts at peak production. Teddy sailed those waters far more often than I but I’ll  vouch for what he’d have said were he still around: high winds out there are a blessing for sailors, but rare. Most days, you’re going to be lucky to power one of those god damned cfl bulbs in each Hyannis household. This boondoggle is just a billion(s) dollar equivalent of Dan Malloy’s sun panel project, to the same effect.

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  1. LLS2

    you seem pretty angry about this. why don’t you turn up your AC a little bit and while you are at it, make sure to leave the lights on.

    oh and… what’s your point ?

    oh , some folks are concerned about the environment and whatnot. i think we need more conscientious people like them, not more blockheads such as yourself.

  2. Cos Cobber

    I just turned on my array of recessed flood lights in my finished basement for you LLS2. After all, if this isnt illegal, wont it be another decade? Probably, so I am ahead of the curve.

    I’ll turn them off tomorrow, after a good night sleep.

  3. he has a horrible voice

    ever listen to this kennedy talk…all whine like an old lady.

  4. John

    LLS2:

    please learn a little something about our electrical grid before you slam CF on this subject, he is on pretty solid ground, technically speaking. Sure wind generation has a small role but it will never replace base-load thermal plants, so sorry but that is just the way it is. We subsidize every watt from wind and save little.

    Apologies to Nicola Tesla,

    John

  5. anon

    The incentives for solar panels, as well as other energy efficient projects for both residential and commercial projects are paid from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, not with taxpayer money. The Clean Energy Fund is funded through a separate charge on the CL&P bills. The charge is listed as “Combined PBC” on your bill. So, since we’re already paying this additional charge, I’d rather see the money get used for energy efficient projects than get seized by Hartford and allocated to the state’s general fund, as was the case several years ago. The fact that we’re required to pay this Combined PBC charge is ridiculous.

  6. Lls2

    We are all going to have to make do with less

    Get used to it

  7. OG Reader

    The US has 40k megawatts of wind power online right now, which accounts for a little over 2% of the total produced. That’s a nice start. There are about 5k megawatts coming online each year. Clearly that is good for technology companies engaged in composites and turbines, GE not least among these.

    John, claiming that subsidies are some how a knock against wind power is absurd unless you can show that oil and natural gas are not subsidized. Clearly there are all sorts of subsidies for oil and natural gas.

    We’d be well served to advance wind and solar technology (and maintain some semblance of an educated manufacturing work force).

    As for nuclear plants – love the idea, particularly of the large underground variety, but in practice up front costs of the installations currently slated to be built are unmanageable and those that run the plants are slow to react to leaks. They continue to screw up water ways; in our neighborhood Brookhaven National Lab and Vermont Yankee come to mind.

  8. anony-moose

    Nuclear is an imperfect solution. But the response to closing our nuclear plants isn’t “more renewables.” The idea of renewables as base load is unworkable until science manages to develop some fantastically advanced new (and cheap) methods of mass energy storage. This is no trifling matter – to my knowledge there’s no certain path to these developments within the next decade. Who knows, they might be as far off as commercial nuclear fusion (second half of 21st century)!

    But you need that mass energy storage to balance out the normal peaks and troughs of renewable energy, and utilize as much of that energy as possible. This becomes more important, the higher the overall percentage of renewable energy generation is. The grid can handle smaller percentages, but will have trouble once solar+wind gets into the 20% range and beyond.

    In the mean time, what will we do? It’s not “make do with less.” No, we can look to Germany for the answer: more coal and natural gas. In this country, the emphasis will be on coal, since we’ve got so much of the stuff.