Tilting at Windmills

McCandlish, Laura
January 2010
Mother Jones;Jan/Feb2010, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p80
The author focuses on a program that claims to supply renewable energy to her home if she pays a little extra. The plan involves the power company Pacific Power, which runs a wind farm on the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. The author learned that her money is actually used to subsidize the market for renewable energy, and that wind-mill power is not directly supplied. She says the extra money could be better used on household energy efficiency upgrades.


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