by John Hanger, John Hanger for Governor, April 23, 2013
The day before Earth Day, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review decided to take a stand against wind energy. To paraphrase Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the Tribune Review is entitled to its own opinion. It is not, however, entitled to its own facts.
If the real facts were even close to those presented in the Trib’s howling anti-wind editorial, I would agree with it. But the real facts are totally different.
The Energy Information Administration just updated the capital costs of all forms of electric generation. The capital costs of wind power fell another 13 percent just since 2010, as turbines get bigger, more efficient and produce more electricity. New wind-generated electricity has pushed down wholesale electricity prices across America saving consumers hundreds of millions of dollars in electricity bills. That’s one reason why the 10 states with the largest percentages of their electricity generated from wind all have electric rates below the national average. Wind power creates jobs, pollution-free electricity, and lower electric bills for consumers.
I will double Pennsylvania’s renewable energy standards and welcome more wind power into the Commonwealth.