Fact check: Newman misleads on wind incentives and more
Alex Newman has a column in New American magazine bashing wind power on a wide variety of grounds. Some facts he neglects to mention:
Older wind turbines are being replaced with new, more efficient models: While there are still a number of 1980s-vintage turbines in the three California passes--Altamont, Tehachapi, and San Gorgonio--where the first commercial wind farms were installed, many are scheduled for replacement with newer, more modern turbines (wind farm "repowering") during the next few years. For example, NextEra Energy will be repowering Altamont wind farms containing 4,000 turbines by 2016 and enXco, another owner of projects in the pass, has said it intends to follow suit.
Wind power needs a federal incentive to help it ...