"... the U.S. wind industry slowed dramatically during the first half of 2013. The U.S. wind industry installed 1.6 MW during the first quarter of 2013 and 0 MW during the second quarter. During the third quarter, the industry
installed 69 MW. The total installed wind capacity is now 60,078 MW."
My Comment: Last year, 13,000 MW of wind power were installed compared to 71 so far in 2013. The slowdown in 2013 is attributable to a late extension of the Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit. Does this leave any doubt that wind cannot survive without government subsidy?
An issue with wind power is that installed capacity has no relationship to energy produced. In Europe where wind power is being forced down the throats of consumers only 20% of installed capacity translates into energy produced.
60,000 MW sounds impressive but that 60,000 MW will produce only about 12,000 MW or 1-2% of total power capacity in the United States
the other major problem is voltage isn't easily controlled.....if you need to install many millions in additional hardware to use the power the biz case becomes even more dismal.
what is the real cost per KW? north of $1? This is the argument that the socialists who are accustomed to spending other peoples money don't understand. The arithmetic isn't sustainable in an industrialized nation. May work in Monaco were everyone is rich....but doesn't work in the USA were 1 out of 7 are on food stamps. If we rely on wind energy then 1 out of 4 could be on food stamps.