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Cape Windfall

The huge wind farm that dead Teddy long opposed just inked a deal for its output:

Cape Wind, the huge offshore wind farm that recently won federal permission to build near Cape Cod, Mass., announced on Friday that it had signed a deal to sell half the project’s output to National Grid, a New England utility, for a price beginning at 20.7 cents a kilowatt-hour.

The initial 20.7 cents/KwH price increases by 3.5% annually, for 15 years.  That assumes the monster bird shredders won’t sink before then.

The price and annual increase is a great deal for the green energy sector, less so for the consumers that have to buy it.  The current price for electricity in Massachussetts  is only 9 cents/KwH.

And as one ecotard is discovering, wind isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Welcome to the alternative energy future: unreliable, intermittent power at more than twice the price of traditional generation.

What could possibly be wrong with that?