City of Reno windmills earn it honors but very little cash

After spending a million dollars from Obama’s green energy stash to erect six electricity generating windmills, the city of Reno over the past two years has saved a whopping $2,785 off its power bill, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal today.

From Reno website

The newspaper calculated the savings by using the city’s new “open government” website, which tracks the power each windmill generates.

The paper quotes Jason Geddes, Reno’s environmental services administrator, as saying, “The turbines that we have installed up in Stead at the wastewater plant have been two of (the) most successful turbines we’ve had and two of the most productive in the state in terms of what they produce.” His definition of success and mine differ somewhat.

Though the windmills have not exactly paid off in terms of cash in the taxpayers’ coffers, the paper did point out they have helped the city win various accolades. Geddes said the city’s green-energy efforts have garnered recognition from The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine and USA Today. The National Resource Defense Council named the city one of the top 22 “Smarter” cities in the nation on renewable energy. Their definition of smarter and mine differ somewhat.

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6 comments on “City of Reno windmills earn it honors but very little cash

  1. Today in Maryland, according to AP and WaPo, Obama is cracking jokes about doubters of green energy spending. He called them them naysayers and compared them to flat-earthers.

    “A lot of the folks who are running for a certain office who shall go unnamed, they’ve been talking down new sources of energy,” Obama said. “They dismiss wind power. They dismiss solar power. They make jokes about biofuels. They were against raising fuel standards. I guess they like gas-guzzlers.”

    He also said, “We’re drilling all over this country. I guess there’s some empty spots where we’re not drilling. We’re not at the national mall. We’re not drilling at your house.”

    He also compared his critics to former President Rutherford B. Hayes, who said about the telephone: “It’s a great invention but who would ever want to use one?”

    “That’s why he’s not on Mt. Rushmore,” Obama cracked. “Because he was looking backwards, he was not looking forward.”

    He also cracked wisely, “If some of these folks were around when Columbus set sail, they probably must have been founding members of the flat earth society. They would not believe that the world was round. … Maybe they would have agreed with one of the pioneers of the radio who apparently said, ‘Television won’t last. It’s a flash in the pan.’ ”

    Can I sell you a box of 8-track tapes and some Betamax videos?

  2. Steve says:

    The emporer has no clothes and no one can see it.

  3. Athos says:

    I think a lot more people can see clearly, Steve. When alone in the ballot box, they’ll vote their common sense instead of speaking out, and being accused as racist. Spending millions to save under $3 grand. I’d use “a fool and his money” quote, but it’s not THEIR money, is it?

    It’s not even OUR money. It’s printed out of thin air, with a big fat IOU endorsed by our children. And their children. And their children’s children.

    But as Johnny boy Keynes was fond of saying, “Who cares? WE’LL all be dead by then!”

    Funny man. Wish he did standup comedy (like Arlen Specter) instead of economics.

  4. Good point about the printing of faux paper money. The price of gasoline is not higher, the value of the dollar is lower.

  5. Steve says:

    Athos, I think your correct but not about the numbers of people who do see clearly. Even some who try to look miss it.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely Insane – I am starting to think we simply need to develop a sane citizen’s for incarceration of goverment morons. Just read something like this article and put those responsoble in straight jackets until they can clearly see how full of it they are

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