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Wind power makes electricity cheaper

| Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 19, 2009 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

As it grows, wind power can increasingly displace expensive fossil fuel generators. In Texas (and also in Germany), wind is already helping to drive down electricity prices.

This is commonly known as the “merit order” effect, as sources with greater social merit (wind and solar power) are taken first by the grid, displacing dirtier and more expensive energy sources.  The following two illustrations, from Feed-in Tariffs in America, illustrate the effect.

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