More allegations fly over wind farm near Blue Earth

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 28, 2012 - 7:16 PM

A Minnesota contractor has accused an Idaho wind farm developer of seeking a "dubious" $2.6 million fee.

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liberalmessOct. 28, 12 7:51 PM

22 million in federal subsidies? How about calling it what it is: 22 million of our tax dollars going to obama's friends.

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junifer15Oct. 28, 12 9:41 PM

I wish reporters would stop peddling nonsense about the rated capacity of a wind installation as production. The "rated capacity" of this project may be estimated to produce enough energy to power 20,000 homes.....IF the wind blows 24/7 and at a speed to maximize production. Unfortunately, that's not the case so they'll be lucky to get energy to power 4,000 homes, which is closer to what production will equal. That energy will mostly come at night, which is when the wind blows. It's time for this country to stop pretending that wind power is a viable alternative provider of base load energy because it's not. It's also time for the papers like the Strib to dig a little deeper and report on these facts. This energy source is far more expensive than conventional generation but the costs are hidden in the capital expenses. The only place where there is income coming in is where people buy and sell "green tags" - Renewable Energy Credits. These sell on the stock exchange for $12-$15 dollars a piece and are the unseen and assumed environmental benefits. Somehow Wall Street has convinced the public that air is a commodity they can buy and sell......like in Dr. Seuss.

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imcountryOct. 29, 12 8:38 AM

You can't make a wind turbine GREEN unless you paint it green. This fight between the builder & developer is over the tax & ratepayer money. We'll likely see more of this as the wind ponzi scam is being exposed to the light of day. Just make it quick. Cut the cord to these hogs at the public trough. End PTC!!!

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kmhreadyOct. 30, 1210:23 AM

Ending the federal Production Tax Credit would be a great start. It looks as if Big Blue might still be qualified for the tail end of the stimulus cash-for-turbines 1603 grant money. Squander $billions in tax and rate money, throw a few $million at a dozen local land owners and the County and pretend its saving the planet. Klobuchar's office is well aware of this Wall Street sWINDle,the related negative human health effects and the environmental devastation of industrial wind. Yet her staff wrote saying she can't stop promoting the PTC... Promoting wind is promoting fraud. I'd like my money to stop promoting fraud.

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