Report: Transmission lines could hike cost of wind energy by 20%

06/25/2009 | Bloomberg

Building infrastructure to transport wind energy could raise the cost of wind power by 20%, according to a report from the Pew Center for Climate Change. Wind energy currently costs between 9 and 12 cents per kilowatt hour, which makes it less expensive than solar but pricier than natural gas. Constructing transmission lines for wind energy could cost up to $4 billion a year, the report said.

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