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New Report Says Rhode Island Can Benefit From Wind Power

Wednesday, December 05, 2012


Power generation from wind energy projects currently under construction could displace as much global warming pollution as taking 1,000 cars off the road per year, according to a new report released by the Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center.

The report, titled Wind Power for a Cleaner America: Reducing Global Warming Pollution, Cutting Air Pollution, and Saving Water, details wind energy's environmental benefits to date, as well as future benefits if wind power continues to grow.

Channing Jones, a spokesman for the organization, praised the Obama administration for announcing competitive lease sales for wind energy development in areas off the coasts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Virginia, and urged Congress to extend critical federal incentives for wind power—the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) and the offshore wind investment tax credit (ITC)—before they expire at the end of the year.

"Wind power is already replacing the dirty and dangerous energy sources of the past and creating a cleaner, healthier future for Rhode Island," Jones said. "We can continue on this path of cutting dangerous pollution if Congress acts now to extend critical wind incentives. Our message to Congress is clear: Don't throw wind power off the fiscal cliff. Our clean air, water, and children's futures are too important to blow it now."

The report was released one day after the commissioning of the wind turbines at the Narragansett Bay Commission's Field's Point wastewater treatment facility.

In Rhode Island, wind energy represents an important resource to help the state meet its goal of producing 16 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2019, a target made possible in part by key federal tax credits––the production tax credit (PTC) and the offshore wind investment tax credit (ITC). Wind energy now powers nearly 13 million homes across the country and is on its way to being cost-competitive with traditional fossil fuels. But these two federal wind power incentives expire at the end of the year. Without these credits, many planned wind farms will not be built.

Despite the benefits of wind energy and widespread public support for federal policies to promote renewable energy, fossil fuel interests and their allies in Congress are vigorously opposing the PTC and ITC.

Democratic State Rep. Chris Blazejewski, a member of the House Environment & Natural Resources Committee said the state needs to take advantage “of the important environmental and economic benefits of wind energy.”

"With the increasing risks of rising sea levels, extreme weather patterns, and volatile foreign energy sources, Rhode Island needs to look to wind power as one way to lessen carbon emissions, strengthen our energy independence, and grow the local green economy in the 21st century,” he said.


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Truly amazing how much effort is put forth on wind energy. We are talking about billions of dollars being put into wind turbine towers for a potential 16% of our power in the future. The problem is that the money to engineer, manufacture and build these units is being spent outside of RI and the USA.
I would be all in if the investments were being made in the USA not just by the USA.
We the taxpayers are funding international development and paying international wages that help other countries; this does not make sense especially with our economy.
Any monies allocated must have a mandate of “Made in America”.

Comment #1 by Gary Arnold on 2012 12 05

RI benefit from wind power is little or none!
Yes, after over 20 years of subsidies of all kinds
The total cost of WTG electrical power is significantly higher (even with massive subsidies). This unfortunate situation will continue in the future. If a so called disruptive technology cannot have a market penetration after 20 or 30 years of well over 30% then it is time to stop the finical bleeding. Yes, to continue would be economic terrorism on the utility rate payer and the tax payers. With a companion continued looting of local, state and national treasuries. The WTG technology does not integrate well with the power grid and lacks predictability and reliability. I suggest that you watch Netflix “WindFall” for an excellent citizen’s overview. Yes, “WINDFALL” takeaway is that WTG have their own dirty laundry. Yes, very long list that must be understood. . OBTW we have not generated electrical power from oil for well over 35 years. Finally global warming is a counterfeit magical thinking intended to distract the citizen for their necessary adult critical thinking process. The natural climate cycle driven by solar activities et al and earths water vapor are believed to be the engine of climate cycle and man can do little or nothing to impact never mind attempting activates towards intervening e.g. the present weather manipulation. Yes, today a political cult of true believers has drunk the kool aid of junk science and bunko agendas. The only thing is what they believe is unbelievable. Bottom line this technology is unsustainable, given the exhibited track record to date. While the WTG alternatives near, mid and long term are many!

Comment #2 by William F Horan on 2012 12 08

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