Wind power ‘success story’ was a massive failure

By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential

A few years ago, Vice President Joe Biden called a wind turbine facility in Saginaw one of the top “100 Recovery Act Projects that are Changing America.”

In 2010, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awarded Merrill Technologies Group a $22 million advanced energy manufacturing tax credit that was used to buy advanced manufacturing equipment needed to create wind turbine components in a facility in Saginaw. The Recovery Act also gave Merrill Technologies another $3 million.

Then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm trumpeted the facility as the future of Michigan’s economy that would help create 89,918 clean energy jobs.

The facility produced one wind turbine that triggered news reports around the country.

And then?

at Michigan Capitol Confidential.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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