We are paying for power we don't need

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Did voters in 2006 realize passing Initiative 937, which removed freshwater dams existing before 1999 from the renewable resource list, would force subsidizing "green" sources of energy at least three times -- construction subsidies, increased power bills and increased cost of goods?

Because of I-937 at least 3 percent of power used in 2012 had to come from "renewable energy sources" (not dams). Though adequate power was generated through hydroelectric sources (dams) additional power had to be purchased from "green" sources to meet the requirement.

The "green" percentage increases to 9 percent in 2016 and 15 percent in 2020 -- even if more-than-enough power is generated by hydroelectric sources (dams). Utility companies are required to meet those "targets," thereby increasing their expenses--which will be passed on to users. Businesses also will be paying more for electricity, which will be passed on to consumers.

When future power needs increase it is good to know "other" renewable resources will be available, but it does not make sense to pay extra just because it is there when it is not needed.

Jim Davison

Waitsburg

Comments

barracuda 2 years ago

How is your lone crusade coming? Any of the "eyesores" (I think that is what you have previously called them) coming down yet? It is amusing to read your repetitive anti-windmill letters.... Though for a while, I thought you had moved on with your life... As there was long pause in your printed cause.... Good to see that you are still fighting incessantly for your cause.....

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namvet60 2 years ago

I totally agree Jim - the Administration squandering trillions of dollars on so-called green energy and then charging the consumers to pick up a tab that is unsustainable it is ridiculous. If this regime change happens in January you will see a lot of jobs coming in as soon as the EPA is dumped on there incompetentcy and energy start to come down all the way around!

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tpeacock 2 years ago

Dream on man, it just ain't so, but keep buying into the delusions of the anti 'let's try to be smarter with our world and it's resources' gang. ANd don't forget to keep the windmills in your sights; Jim needs all the help he can get.

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namvet60 2 years ago

I've got the ugly things in my sight - but I certainly don't agree with paying for something that is not even set up to store the power from. When this country catches up with its thoughts and provide the necessary grids and availability for utilization of the power - maybe its not me that needs to wake up?

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barracuda 2 years ago

You are just fightinf a lsing battle! We watch the papers for your latest tirade against the "machine". You are not going to win this...........

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