Doing the Math in Washington State
The circle represents a geographical area in Washington State where we have cheap and abundant Green Hydro AND Wind Power.
Some of us will see both of these products as being green and little different than other commodities we might find on the grocery shelf.
During a good portion of our year, we are able to generate hydro power that will fill the grid tie to capacity. Since hydro is a use it or lose it proposition during a significant portion of our year, and it is far cheaper, does it make sense to spill water over the dam in order to make room for the far more expensive wind turbine power during the winter and spring months when we have an abundance of it?
When our Governor and proponents of Wind Energy sided with Wind Energy developers, did they back out these months of power production noting the obvious conflicts here, or did they sell the wind farm project based on some trumped up power production figure?
Wouldn’t this be a great study for an honest News organization? King 5, Komo 4, Kiro 7? Perhaps they’re way too busy covering the Arts to make time for this?
So who is making money off wind energy and how? did any of the power companies invest in wind and why?