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Oh Snap: New England Energy Markets Undermined By Renewables Subsidies. Will Minnesota Learn From the Looming Disaster?

We're rapidly reaching a dangerous tipping point where the cost of  renewable energy subsidies and state-level renewable energy mandates will explode. High electricity prices hurt low-income families, seniors, and they are devastating for industries like farming, mining, and manufacturing because it greatly increases the cost of doing business. If we want to grow living-wage jobs for all Minnesotans, we must stop the madness and stop mandating expensive renewable energy....

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Company Proposes Building 71 Wind Turbines in Dodge County at a Whopping $4.3 Million A Pop

 NextEra Energy is seeking to build 71 wind turbines in Dodge County, Minnesota. The turbines would have a maximum capacity of up to 170 megawatts. Each turbine will be up to 88 meters tall from the ground to the hub in the center of the blades. The project is expected to cost around $300 million. Or roughly $4.3 million per wind turbine....

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Trump Administration Releases Revised Clean Power Plan

The Trump Administration has released its revised version of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which was considered to be the signature climate change regulation of the Obama Administration. The new rule, called the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, would give individual states more authority to make their own plans for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants rather than imposing a set of top-down policies from the federal government. The CPP was designed to fundamentally transform electricity markets by forcing coal plants to retire and require the use of wind and solar to replace. As we've already seen in Minnesota, this comes...

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Sorry, Citypages. Free Enterprise Has Nothing To Do With Renewable Energy Growth

Citypages writer Pete Kotz recently wrote an article claiming renewable energy is a free market success story, and that jobs in the renewable energy industry are "blowing up" despite "sabotage" from none other than Center of the American Experiment. If a few inconvenient truths about wind and solar energy and a handful of billboards can garner such angst from Citypages, I feel like we're doing something right. ...

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“Clean” Energy Jobs Report Shows Solar Is a Make-Work Program

A new report by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota crows about the number of people employed in the renewable energy sector, but viewed with a different lens, the report actually demonstrates how inefficient solar energy truly is. The report shows nearly 4,500 people are employed in the solar industry in Minnesota, but it fails to mention what hardworking Minnesota families and businesses receive in terms of electricity from these solar installations. That's probably because it is an embarrassingly small amount of electricity. In fact, solar power accounted for about 728,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity in 2017, which sounds like a lot until you...

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Solar Company Accused of Defrauding More Than 80 Minnesota Customers

The Star Tribune ran an interesting article today about how Able Energy Owner Mike Harvey has been accused of defrauding more than 80 would-be solar customers in Minnesota. There are bad actors in every industry, and just because there is one very bad apple in the solar contractor industry doesn't necessarily reflect on the character of other people. Still it's interesting to note that the solar industry is not all sunshine and rainbows. The article is listed below: The owner of a troubled solar-installation company acknowledged Wednesday that his St. Paul business failed to complete work on more than 80 solar projects...

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Connexus Squanders $31 Million on Solar Plus 2 Hours of Battery Storage

Connexus Energy is building two electricity “storage” systems — solar-panel arrays connected to big batteries. Cheerleaders of solar plus storage have hailed this a victory for our state, but in reality, it's another expensive boondoggle for Minnesota families and businesses who will still rely on the grid for the vast majority of their electricity. Adding solar plus storage is just an expensive ornament on the grid that serves as a vanity project for people who fancy themselves to be "green."...

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State Doles Out Even More Money For Solar Power

The State of Minnesota has gifted more taxpayer dollars to the solar industry. This time the subsidies take the form of a $3.5 million dollar state loan package that was used to restart the production of solar panels at a Mountain Iron manufacturing facility. The plant was previously occupied by the solar company Silicon Energy, before it went bankrupt after the first round of solar subsidies, dubbed "Made in Minnesota," expired in 2017. In fact, nearly all of the companies who participated in the program have closed their facilities in the state or gone out of business. So why is the state...

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Minnesota Plans to Retire 1,829 MW of Coal and Replace it with 7,200 MW of Wind, Solar, and Gas

There may not be a better way to demonstrate how expensive and ineffective Minnesota's energy policies are than to point out that utility companies plan on retiring approximately 1,800 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired power plants and replacing this capacity with 7,200 MW of wind, solar, and natural gas.  In other words, utility companies believe they will need to build four times as much electricity generating capacity to replace the coal plants they are retiring. This will be incredibly expensive....

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Norman Rogers: “Wind and Solar Are Dumb Electricity”

We are constantly treated to disinformation claiming that wind or solar is competitive with fossil fuels. How is it competitive when it can’t replace fossil fuels, but only serves as a supplemental source of power that reduces fuel consumption in the fossil-fuel plants? Since it costs far more to reduce the fuel consumed than it is worth, wind and solar make absolutely no sense. ...

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