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Kapsambelis Tells CCT Danes Pay Dearly for Wind

April 14, 2013

In his letter to the editor “Wind will blow in electricity at 40 cents/kilowatt-hour,” Cape Cod resident Chris Kapsambelis points out an often-overlooked aspect of Denmark’s wind energy reliance–its cost.

In response to the April 6 letter “Cape Cod, look to Denmark for the possibilities of wind,” we do not want to follow in Denmark’s footsteps with wind energy.

Denmark pays some of the highest electric rates in the world. According to Wikipedia, it pays 40.38 cents per kilowatt-hour. We pay between 8 and 17 cents per kilowatt-hour. Denmark not only sells electricity to Norway and Sweden, but pays them to take it, and pays them to return it. They do this because without energy storage, which exists only in small quantities in most places, the power grid becomes unstable.

A better story on what is going on in Denmark and Europe in general can be found at New Europe Online at www.neurope.eu/blog/gone-wind.

Cape wind will increase the cost of electricity. Make no mistake about it.

Chris Kapsambelis, Pocasset

Chris Kapsambelis is a retired engineer and inventor who has served on Bourne’s  Energy Advisory Committee and is author of “Acoustics and Wind Turbine Noise.

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