Friday, February 14, 2014

Key Fact: Electric Rates Fall In Top 11 Wind States But Increase In Other 39 States

A new report documents that wind power is pushing down electricity prices in those states with substantial wind generation. Electricity prices actually fell in the top 11 wind power states from 2008 to 2013 but rose nearly 8% in other states, as is documented in the paper below.

Wind farms lower electricity prices in a number of ways that are discussed in the linked to paper above. For example, in competitive power markets, wind farms displace the most high-priced power plants and lower the total market price by doing so, creating large savings for all consumers of electricity.

In utility service territories, where consumers are captured monopoly customers, wind power avoids the large fuel costs for coal, gas, oil, and uranium that are otherwise charged dollar for dollar to consumers.

Wind power is also a tremendous hedge against fossil fuel price volatility that is certain over medium to longterm periods.

Wind's consumer benefits are really adding up in the 11 states, where wind already provides 7% or more of their electricity. That's a powerful fact that will be increasingly hard to ignore.

1 comment:

  1. John,

    A bit unrelated, but I would be curious to see your views on the reports that wind actually increase emissions as it causes the base load providers (coal plants) to run at less efficient rates.