Government math: $1 million subsidy for Reno windmills saves $2,785 since 2010

Russ Steele

This article came in over the e-mail transom. It was originally posted at Write on Nevada.

From the Reno Gazette-Journal:

Nearly two years after Reno started installing energy-producing windmills at city facilities from downtown to Stead, some have proven to be better at generating electricity than others despite claims made by manufacturers.

The city’s seven windmills have so far saved Reno $2,785 in energy costs after generating 25,319 kilowatt-hours of electricity. The windmills were installed between April and October 2010 and cost about $1 million out of a $2.1 million federal energy grant given to the city that was part of the stimulus package approved by Congress in February 2009.

That’s according to data available on Reno’s new “open government” website that tracks the amount of power each windmill generates and the average wind speed from each day.

At this rate, the windmills will have paid for themselves by the year … 2551. But not to worry, these windmills are winning Reno awards and national recognition.


Spending a million dollars to save $2,785 is smart? Only in government.

via Write on Nevada: Government math: $1 million subsidy for Reno windmills saves $2,785 since 2010.



About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

5 Responses to Government math: $1 million subsidy for Reno windmills saves $2,785 since 2010

  1. Dena says:

    I once though the big problem was our elected officials didn’t know history. it also appears they have failed in math as well.

  2. B White says:

    Pay attention Steve.

    Competitiveness, efficiency, return.

  3. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    You see it wasn’t really their money – it was Obama Money

  4. Brad Croul says:

    Reno’s problems are small compared to the DOD.

    Since 2003, DOD’s portfolio of major defense acquisition programs has grown
    from 77 to 96 programs; and its investment in those programs has grown from
    $1.2 trillion to $1.6 trillion (fiscal year 2009 dollars). The cumulative cost
    growth for DOD’s programs is higher than it was 5 years ago, but at $296
    billion, it is less than last year when adjusted for inflation. For 2008 programs,
    research and development costs are now 42 percent higher than originally
    estimated and the average delay in delivering initial capabilities has increased
    to 22 months. – –

  5. B White says:

    Thank you Brad for displaying another perfect example of the inability of liberals to evaluate value and relationship.

    While the Nevada windmills have saved $2,785, your sighted DOD expenditures have saved your life!

    I will not attempt to influence anyone’s opinion on which has the most value.

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