Link of the Day 07012008: US offshore wind farms – not if, but when [Business Week]

The War Over Offshore Wind Is Almost Over from Business Week:

Wind farms are springing up in Midwestern fields, along Appalachian ridgelines, and even in Texas backyards. They’re everywhere, it seems, except in the windy coastal waters that lap at some of America’s largest, most power-hungry cities. That’s partly because the first large-scale effort to harness sea breezes in the U.S. hit resistance from an army led by the rich and famous, waging a not-on-my-beach campaign. For almost eight years the critics have stalled the project, called Cape Wind, which aims to place 130 turbines in Nantucket Sound about five miles south of Cape Cod. Yet surprisingly, Cape Wind has largely defeated the big guns. In a few months it may get authorization to begin construction. Meanwhile, a string of other offshore wind projects is starting up on the Eastern Seaboard, in the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Great Lakes.

U.S. offshore wind project proposals

Summary of some of the more advanced offshore wind project proposals in the US. View larger version.

State/Region Company # of Turbines Location
Delaware Bluewater Wind 150 turbines, 450-megawatt 12 miles from Rehoboth Beach
Great Lakes Radial Wind 600 Mid-Lake Plateau region of Lake Michigan
Massachusetts Hull Light as many as 4 1.5 miles from the town beach
Massachusetts Patriot Renewables 120 Buzzards Bay
Massachusetts Cape Wind 130 5 miles of Cape Cod
Massachusetts Blue H 200 30+ miles offshore
Gulf of Mexico Wind Energy Systems Tech ?, recycled offshore drilling rigs Sites from Galveston to Mississippi Delta

Related Links:
Bluewater has a nice flash video on offshore turbine construction
Ecotricity – Bristol Port – Wind Turbine Construction Video

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