- - Thursday, July 17, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Wind and solar are parasitic power producers, unable to survive in a modern electricity grid without the backup of standalone electricity generators such as hydro, coal or gas. And like all parasites, they weaken their hosts, causing increased operating and transmission costs and reduced profits for all participants in the grid.

Without subsidies, few large wind or solar plants would be built, and without mandated targets, few would get connected to the grid.

Green zealots posing as energy engineers should be free to play with their green energy toys at their own expense, on their own properties, but the rest of us should not be saddled with their costs and unreliability.

We should stop promoting parasitic power producers. As a first step, all green-energy subsidies and targets should be abolished.

VIV FORBES

Queensland, Australia

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