Saturday, August 25, 2012

Pigs go to Slaughter

A printing press in Mina-Al-Ahmadi, Kuwait
The Usual Suspects are attacking wind subsidies. Solar is getting caught in the cross-fire somewhat but most of the attention is specifically on wind subsidies and the PTC in particular.

Heritage Foundation: Morning Bell: Wind Energy Subsidies Are As Useful As VHS Tape Subsidies
WSJ: The Energy Subsidy Tally DEAR BIG WIND: IT'S NOT YOU, IT'S ME

Green rags have responded with reflexive articles about how coal and oil interests are behind the propaganda. The articles talk about how fossil fuels are dirty and how fossil interests also receives billions in subsidies. After you've read this sort of dog chasing his tail Yen and Yang crock enough times it's exceedingly boring.

Here's a surprisingly balanced take on the matter from WAPO: Wind Power

I prefer to look at these articles for what they are at their core... A sign of fear. Fear for lost profits. Fear of losing control. Fear of the graphic future.

*German data comes from BSW. US data comes from GTM & SEIA. Australian data comes from IEA & Solar Choice info. Italian data comes from IEA and personal research. I've thrown in some guesstimates here and there to smooth out spaces with sparse data. Data with sources can be found in the Economics of Photoelectricity spreadsheet.

**It appears my Australian data will need to be adjusted up to account for an STC subsidy that needs to be teased out of the data. The tease procedure may/should result an upward shift of the Australian graph by something like 500 to 1000 $/kWp. I'm working on it.

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