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Montana Wind Basics


Economic Benefits

True Cost of Wind


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Real Benefits

Local farmers, county coffers, and state revenues. These are the real beneficiaries of locally produced, clean wind energy.

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Getting Things Straight:

The True Cost
of Wind Energy

Least Cost, Least Risk Choice for Long-Term Stability

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Adding renewable power to the mix does not increase energy rates. In fact, investments in renewable resources are least cost and least risk and provide long-term rate stability.
     The Judith Gap wind project serving Montana customers is a proven cost-effective project at $41.60 per MWh. By comparison, the average price of the PPL-MT contracts serving Northwestern customers is $49.90 per MWh.

From 1999-2009, the price of wind power has decreased by over 30% and is likely to decrease further in coming years.1

Despite being mature industries, fossil fuel industries receive nearly six times the amount of federal subsidy as renewable energy industries.2,3

Tax credits for renewable energy encourage clean, low-risk
energy development and job creation in the United States.

The largest tax credit for energy goes toward fossil fuel subsidies for energy development overseas.4 From 2002-2008, fossil fuel industries received over $15 billion in U.S. tax breaks to do business overseas.

From 2002-2008, the U.S. gave over $14 billion in tax breaks for the production of fuel from shale, tar sands, and coal. During the same time, the total U.S. subsidy for clean renewable energy options was $12.2 billion.5

January 6, 2011


1) Wiser, R. and Bolinger, M. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 2009 Wind Technologies Market Report. August, 2010. Available from: http://eetd.lbl.gov/ea/emp/reports/lbnl-3716e.pdf.
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2) Renewable energy industries here are assumed not to include fuel alcohol (i.e. corn ethanol). The total subsidy for fossil fuel industries from 2002-2008 was $72.5 billion while the total subsidy for renewable energy was $12.2 billion after subtracting $16.8 billion for fuel alcohol.
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3) Environmental Law Institute. Estimating U.S. Government Subsidies to Energy Sources: 2002-2008. September 2009. Available from: http://www.elistore.org/reports_detail.asp?ID=11358.
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4) Ibid.
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5) Ibid.
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