CanWEA: Fraser Institute ‘Missed The Mark’ On Wind, Solar Claims
August 7, 2019
The Fraser Institute, an independent, nonpartisan public policy think tank in Canada, claims in a new study that although wind turbines and solar panels are relatively cheap to operate – given their fuel source is free – they can be costly to build and connect to the power grid.
Despite rhetoric that renewable energy is cheap, wind and solar power generation comes with large – yet often ignored – costs that increase electricity prices for residents and businesses, the study argues.
“Electricity systems are complex, and too often, policymakers pursue renewable energy sources such as wind and solar without understanding their true costs,” says Pierre Desrochers, Fraser Institute senior fellow, associate professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and co-author of the report, “Generating Electricity in Canada from Wind and Sunlight: Is Getting Less for More Better than Getting More for Less?”