Sparked by a recent reader's comment about "green" subsidies, an industry forum took up the challenge, and discussed the pros and cons of government subsidies to the industry. Here, we share some of the comments, and issue a challenge to readers: how do you feel about industry subsidies, and what is the best way forward?
At the end of December, I wrote about the recently released U.S. Department of Energy/Alstom grid global study in Strategies for success: Integrating renewables in utility control centers. 
In the article, I said: "Of keen interest to me, and to electric utility operations personnel, is the clear identification and description within the report of nine current best-practice tools and decision support systems that grid operators in the U.S. and in Europe are using to integrate and manage wind energy (and, in some cases, solar energy, as well.)"
While I was more interested in pointing to the best-practice tools available within the report, an anonymous commenter took up the anti-green-subsidy flag, instead, and wrote: "(T)he whole green energy push is not economically competitive-in fact, it is a scam because every nameplate MW of 'green' energy generation has to be backed up by a MW of some other type of generation, typically fossil-fueled and much of it simple-cycle gas turbines which are a considerable way from being the most efficient users of fuel."
Before joining Energy Central, I wrote about wind energy for many years, and so my dander was raised by what I felt was a gross, and dated, generalization.
So, I reached out to the LinkedIn Smart Grid Executive Forum for input on the subject.
As usual, the forum members did not disappoint. (As this particular group is a members-only forum, I will not be identifying by name any of those who stepped up to comment to my question within the forum's pages.) A wide-ranging discussion and argument ensued, with 69 comments in quick succession. I'd like to share some of those comments here, on both sides of the subsidy equ