PolitiFact RI rules claim that wind power is cheaper than solar power False

August 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

False1PROVIDENCE, R.I. — July 31 was a red letter day for Deepwater Wind, a Providence company that hopes to build the first offshore wind farm in the United States. That was the day Deepwater was announced as the winner of a federal auction to lease space for the farm in a 257-square-mile area of waters off Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

(The company plans an initial demonstration project of five turbines off Block Island. The larger project would have more than 100 turbines.)

It was in that context that Jeffrey R. Grybowski, chief executive officer of Deepwater Wind, appeared Aug. 4 on the WJAR-TV’s public affairs show “10 News Conference.”

Host Bill Rappleye asked Grybowski how much the electricity generated by the turbines would cost.

“Yes, 13- to 14-cent power [offshore wind energy per kilowatt hour] is probably what we’re talking about, significantly lower than the cost of what we’ve seen for offshore wind to date,” Grybowski said. “Also, by the way, significantly less expensive than solar energy.”

PolitiFact Rhode Island examined Grybowski’s claim and ruled it False.

Read the complete analysis here.

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