This photo says it all…solar panels in the middle of the dessert. Of course, that is where you would expect them to be, but, there is something missing…transmission lines to carry that power to where it can be used. But, not to worry, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has a plan. And, it will cost you whether you use solar or wind power, or not.
Here’s how it works.
By some estimates the cost of building out new transmission lines to accommodate renewable energy and other new electric power sources could exceed $160 billion.
The environmentalists have decided that it would be really, really unfair for those consuming that power to pay the entire cost of the new transmission lines as has been our custom “from the beginning of time”. So, they, supported by the White House and Democratic leaders, are proposing that everyone in the country pay for those costs via the mechanism of increased charges on your electric bill.
Of course, the “winner” states are quite happy to have someone else pay for their costs, but, what about the “loser” states?
Michigan will be sending hundreds of million dollars annually outside the state to fund transmission projects which not only provide little value to the State, but will actually harm our ability to develop our own renewable energy market.
And, Ian Bowles, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, calls the proposal,
a radical Soviet-style approach to transmission planning.
So, here is where we stand. Billions of your tax dollars have already been (and will continue to be) spent subsidizing solar farms, and wind farms. Now that we have done that, you will continue to pay through the nose in the form of higher electric bills (forever) to pay for the transmission lines associated with these power sources.
Call me silly, but, it seems to me that the companies who will “profit” from developing solar and wind power, as well as those using that power, should be the ones who have to pay to deliver the power…not everyone else.
But, if this is the new norm, will you folks in Connecticut, for example, pay my power bill? After all, it’s only fair…