I erroneously reported two years ago that when the Spring Valley Wind project northwest of Great Basin National Park became operational it would generate 150 megawatts of renewable electricity and 13 permanent jobs.
I don’t know about the jobs, but the wattage was a bit off. According to Wind Action, which compiled data from the Energy Information Administration, for 2013 Spring Valley had a capacity factor of only 18.8 percent, meaning it generated power only 18.8 percent of the time. That was one of the lowest ratios in the nation.
That means NV Energy had to produce power from some other source 81.2 percent of the time. Which might not be so bad since the company pays 9.8 cents per kWh, while power from gas and coal plants costs less than half that. The wind turbines’ owners also get a tax break for producing electricity, meaning we have to make up the difference.
Do they still plan to build that wind farm in Searchlight?