The following is a letter written by former Chairman of FERC and member of Americans for a Clean Energy Grid Jim Hoecker to the Wall Street Journal in response to an article called “The Wind Power Tax.” The letter was published in the WSJ and is cross-posted here. February 21st, 2013 Your editorial “The Wind
Additional investments are needed in the U.S. grid in order to preserve 529,000 jobs, $656 billion in personal income, $496 billion in GDP, and $10 billion in U.S. exports.
Two weeks ago, an error by a maintenance worker in Arizona initiated a cascade of events that cut off electricity from Arizona to San Diego to Mexico. We don’t need to wait for the reports to learn some important lessons about the state of our nation’s electric grid.