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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 • Posted November 3, 2010

Gerry,

Paul Sadler paid for a full page ad in the paper. So I guess he ought to be able to opine in it. But he shouldn’t have suggested Ron Crocker was wrong when he wrote his piece about the historical background leading up to this fiasco of accommodating wind developers. Ron is exactly correct when he suggests that the wind developers are enabled by government largesse. Mr. Sadler himself admits that "legislators created CREZ and the PUC is now providing transmission lines to double the amount of wind our grid can handle". That sounds an awful lot like government enabling to me.

It is Mr.Sadlers job to sell wind power. That job is getting pretty hard these days and is only going to get harder as this so called "green" technology is exposed for what it really is. And what it is, is not "green". One look at the construction of the wind turbine site is enough to prove that. Not to mention the environmental damage done to the ridges and hill tops they are using for this. And what it is, is not good for ratepayers. Ask anyone in the business if your power bill will go down. You’ll find that it will go up as wind power is forced on our power companies. It will go up because we have to pay for the subsidies we are providing for these developers now.

Mr. Sadler suggests that consumers will save $160.93 to 354.94 per year. That stretches reality a bit. The Texas Public Policy Foundation noted that when compared side by side in Austin, the Austin Energy’s GreenChoice retail program average monthly bill was $152 for wind power versus $93 for conventional energy. When this was revealed to the ratepayers, almost no new subscribers. So the Austin City Council made it so that all ratepayers had to pay for the higher cost of wind energy.

Who do you suppose is paying for these power lines to deliver this very expensive power to the cities? You and I and every other power user in Texas. And of course this is just another cost of wind power that the developers are not paying.

The challenge we have for Mr. Sadler as Executive Director of the Wind Coalition ( a collection of incentivised wind developers), is to build all the wind turbines they want. Just do it on their own with no subsidies, grants and tax payers dollars. If it is such a good idea, they ought to be able to do that.

By the way Mr. Sadler, if I were you, I wouldn’t pick on Ron Crocker!

G. T. Bohmfalk

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