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Old 10-06-2008, 06:27 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by jamesqf View Post
those wierd-looking propellor dohickies doing on Altamont Pass?
I knew a couple guys who worked on those about 22yrs ago

In the 1980's, the tax breaks were huge for constructing those windmills on the Altmont Pass. Several who's who in American business formed partnerships to comission building may of them and reap the tax advantages. But here's the travesty, the produced electricty couldn't get onto the grid! PG&E paid theses partnerships for eletricity produced, even though that power did absolutely nothing but turn a meter, so the utility knew who big a check to write that month. The rational was it was more cost effective to just payt he windmill owners, than to build the required sub-station required to get the electricity onto the grid, where it could do some good.
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