In March 2009, an economics professor from King Juan Carlos University in Madrid briefly made the news with his new academic paper. Gabriel Calzada's conclusions were in short critical of Spain's wind and solar power subsidy program, and the claims that they were "job creating". He found that, for one, there were around $770,000 in renewable subsidies paid per renewable-sector job (note this is renewable subsidies divided by renewable jobs, which isn't the same as direct subsidies to the jobs (important difference) -- the subsidies had other effects too); and for another, that that for each such "green job" there were about 2.2 jobs erased elsewhere.
That's not the subject of today's news. This is: by August 2009, the US government had published a report countering the claims of Calzada's study:
(NREL, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is a research division of the US Department of Energy.)
A report which, it turns out, was written with substantial collaboration with wind industry lobbyists. The Competitive Enterprise Institute recently obtained internal DoE emails, revealing this cooperation, under a Freedom of Information Act request:
That (above article) is the politics of it. But here are the internal NREL communications obtained through the FOIA request:
There is lots of chatter about AWEA, and between NREL operatives and the AWEA lobbyists; a few of them stand out as clear "smoking guns". (N.B. Eric Lantz and Suzanne Tegen are the authors of the NREL report; Elizabeth Salerno and Jessica Isaacs are AWEA lobbyists).
Here, one of the NREL study coauthors receives an attachment of documents about the Calzada study from an AWEA lobbyist:
Here, the same coauthor arranges a conference call with two AWEA lobbyists to discuss the unfinished report:
And here is the NREL coauthor sending her draft to the AWEA lobbyists for feedback, two months before publication: