How the Wind Blows

When you are sitting in the control room of a massively large power plant, you see the world differently. Large coal and nuclear plants are impressive machines. Their turbines are gigantic, their generators produce massive amounts of energy, and even little things like cranes are huge. That's when it hits you: Why do policymakers ignore these crucially important facilities and seek to provide government subsidies only for tiny energy generators such as wind plants and solar panels. The answer? They don't.

I received a note from an operator who was complaining about wind subsidies. He runs one of the nation's largest coal facilities as a control room operator. He found himself in the middle of the workweek forced to turn his plant down so local wind turbines could take over serving his customers' load. His plant was forced into providing spinning reserves for as long as the wind was blowing. As the wind gusted and retreated, the power plant stood by to make up any differences....585 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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