Straight talking: Time for polluters to go without subsidies, too

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Windpower Monthly 

WORLDWIDE: After spending the best part of the past 20 years defending renewable energy in general – and wind in particular – from being dismissed out of hand as too expensive or unaffordable, I think it’s safe to say that we’re past that conversation in many, if not most, countries. That’s not everywhere, of course, and not for offshore – yet.

However, what we are still left with is the question, which comes up frequently: “Well then, how much does wind power cost?” Good question, but we must distinguish between cost and price. On cost, the only real answer can come from the producers who are selling into the electricity market, and generally, they are not telling. Presumably, in the overwhelming majority of cases it costs less than the price they are getting for their product. On price, there is a lot to say, but no single answer.