Green Energy is 4 to 6 Times More Expensive

Article author: 
Stephen Moore
Article publisher: 
Epoch Times
Article date: 
23 May 2022
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

... Biden keeps claiming that wind and solar energy are going to save money for consumers. But more government subsidies to “renewable energy” is a key feature of the White House anti-inflation strategy recently announced by Biden.

He probably got that idea from John Kerry, the administration’s climate czar, who recently claimed that “solar and wind are less expensive than coal or oil or gas.” Pete Buttigieg, the Biden Transportation secretary, makes the same claims about the thousands of dollars that motorists can save if they buy electric cars.

This couldn’t be more wrong....

A 2017 study by the Department of Energy found that for every dollar of government subsidy per BTU unit of energy produced from fossil fuels, wind and solar get at least $10....

To genuinely evaluate dissimilar energy sources and provide an apples-to-apples comparison, the U.S. Energy Information Administration uses the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and the Levelized Cost of Storage (LCOS). These measures consider the initial costs, the lifespan of generation and storage systems, maintenance and fuel costs, decommissioning expenses, subsidies, etc., and compare that to how much electricity is produced over a power plant’s lifetime....

The LCOE and LCOS for solar and on-shore wind farms are four times as expensive as natural gas. But offshore wind takes the cake—it’s six times as expensive as natural gas....


What's Wrong with Wind and Solar?


This may be the report referred to in the article: U.S. Energy and Employment Report, January 2017.

"Wind Power Fails On Every Count": Oxford Scientist Explains The Math, Zero Hedge. 1 April 2023.

The Energy Transition Is A Delusion Indeed, Zero Hedge. 1 April 2023.

U.S. energy facts explained, U.S. Energy Information Administration.