The price. Simply put, the price. Yesterday’s Press of Atlantic City featured a Michael Clark article. Mr. Clark’s article featured Councilman G. Bruce Ward’s plans to form an Atlantic City Municipal Alternative Energy Authority. Read Councilman Ward’s proposal and our commentary, here.
Here is part of Mr. Clark’s article:
ACUA President Richard Dovey said the plan also was presented to him. Dovey spoke cautiously of the plan, but did endorse Ward’s targeted locations for new turbines.
First, Dovey said, a study must be done on the proposed sites, which likely would be incorporated in a citywide analysis to determine the locations’ wind strength and their proximity to an electrical sub-station.
We offer that a key part of any study should be the profitability of these alternative energy proposals. Most proponents of alternative energy initiatives focus solely on the environmental benefits of “clean” energy. We have heard enough to know that “clean” energy is “cleaner” than non-“clean” energy. I want to hear how much Councilman Ward’s project is going to cost me and all other taxpayers. I want to hear how much the wind mills will save us when buying electricity for our homes and businesses.
Enough feel-good environmental fluff, give us some economic analysis. If this project is good for the green in our wallets, so be it (amein). If not, is now really the time to be conducting these high-priced alternative energy experiments?