Xcel Energy CEO Critical of Wind Power

Speaks to annual National Western Mining Conference

Published: 10-Feb-2004

DENVER — Environmentalists and utilities are clashing over how much the West should use wind-powered electricity.

"We're a big supporter of wind," said Wayne Brunetti, the chairman and chief executive of Xcel Energy. "But at the time when customers have the greatest needs, it's typically not available."

Wind power has been championed for decades because it is a free, renewable resource that doesn't pollute the air or water. But some wind farms don't produce electricity efficiently enough to compete with oil, coal and natural gas. Even some environmentalists say the turbine blades kill too many birds.



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