In Alice Barnett's letter (Aug. 2), she likened me to “a wind lawyer,” saying I use fancy words such as "proprietary" to avoid sharing wind data that my company measured and paid for with private funds.
I am not a lawyer. Patriot Renewables does not publicize wind data for a simple business reason: we must compete to sell power. Sharing wind data would be like telling competitors your price before bidding.
Because my company donates funds to worthy causes, Barnett accused me of bribing communities. She goes on to accuse me of handing out $20 bills to Carthage villagers, which is rubbish. Even worse, after reading her letter, many are now asking me for their $20 bill.
Barnett, a person with no background in energy, finance or technology, has decided that wind power is not cost effective, but she has based that decision on faulty or made-up information.
Modern wind turbines are amazingly efficient, generating electricity more than 75 percent of the time, even in low winds. The electrical losses for wind turbines are no different than for any other form of electricity generation.
It is by far the most cost-effective renewable energy technology available today.
Tom Carroll, Quincy, Mass.