Thursday, March 22, 2012

NextEra executive: Florida isn't right for a wind farm

News from Florida, that the rebranded Florida Power and Light - the big winners in the last FIT contract award in Ontario, thinks Florida is a bad location for wind farms (they have none).
I recently posted (here) links detailing Nextera's lobbying efforts, and the projects 'earned' through those efforts.

NextEra executive: Florida isn't right for a wind farm:
JUNO BEACH — With the county commission poised to decide today whether to allow Florida's first wind farm, an executive at the nation's largest wind energy producer is questioning whether the project is viable.
Wind farms don't make economic sense in Florida because the wind is too weak, and it's cheaper to produce electricity from natural gas, nuclear power and coal, Mike O'Sullivan, senior vice president of development for NextEra Energy Resources, said Wednesday.
In case you were wondering what pricing the holders of 13.5 cent/kWh FIT contracts, in Ontario, think make sense:
"We can deliver electricity in a windy spot in the center of the country for 3 cents a kilowatt hour," O'Sullivan said. "In Florida, we think that is anywhere from 8 to 12 cents, depending on the wind regiment and the cost of construction."
 The full article these quotes are taken from is at the Palm Beach Post

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