Arkansas Utilities Benefit From Wind Energy Subsidies

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 12:00 am  

“Once that wind farm is built, to produce energy out of that plant is very economical compared to other types of resources,” he said. “You don’t have to buy coal or ship it in to produce energy out of a wind farm, and you don’t have to buy gas.”

But for a transmission business, the cons come in the way of transportation. Wind farms can’t be built just anywhere, and for SPP the best locations for them are far away from their best markets.

“The majority of consumers are in big cities on the eastern side of our footprint,” Nickell said.

“We have to build transmission facilities to get from the resources to the load center.”

Nickell also echoed Sugg’s criticism: “You can’t always count on it. When wind blows, you take advantage of it, and when it’s not, you’ve got to have some other type of generation resources available to meet your needs.”



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