AWEA, “The U.S. wind industry is in distress”

The statement from Denise Bode of the AWEA references Bloomberg’s article, Pickens, Home Depot Beat Wind-Turbine Makers in Energy Measure which commented that, in the Senate energy bill, renewable energy requirement for utilities were rejected after Reid said there weren’t enough votes for the climate provisions.

Ms. Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, said in a statement. A renewable standard “is a critical component to ensure the U.S. wind industry thrives.”  Ms. Bode also noted that “U.S. wind-power additions in the first six months of 2010 fell 70 percent from a year earlier.”

AT Note:  The “renewable standard” to which Ms. Bode refers does not include standards relative to actual performance of the wind units as one might expect of a product subsidized by taxpayers.  The standard of which she speaks focuses on requiring energy producers to include a minimum percentage of wind in its energy portfolio.   Without such forced demand and heavy subsidies the wind industry will likely not survive.

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