Getting enough wind-generated electricity to meet 20 percent of U.S. electricity consumption, an oft-stated goal of “green energy” promoters, would require putting wind turbines on 72,000 square miles of land, calculates Robert Bryce: “That area, if taken together, would rank as the 17th-largest state in the country, just ahead of North Dakota […] .”
The cost of such a project, including new transmission lines and back-up generation, would be at least $850 billion. Consumers would see electricity rates rise by at least 40 percent. The carbon tax implied by these costs would be at least $45 per ton of carbon—or about three times more costly than the European
For details on these calculations, see Bryce’s report “The High Cost of Wind Energy as a Carbon-Dioxide Reduction Method,” published by the Manhattan Institute, October 2011.