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UK’s mega offshore wind farm makes waves

July 10th, 2013

The “London Array” off the coast of Great Britain is a massive wind farm, capable of powering 500,000 homes. But will such projects tip the scales enough for the UK to meet its renewable energy targets? The critics are gathering.

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U.S. support for offshore wind power picks up speed, but will it matter?

February 8th, 2011

What a difference a year makes. Just last March, the Obama Administration was gearing up to reopen offshore oil drilling on the Eastern Seaboard. No doubt this seemed like a good plan to access more domestic oil and answer critics clamoring for more drilling.

Never mind that the U.S., on and offshore, can produce only a small fraction of the oil it consumes.

Then came that BP oil disaster thingy. A blob of black doom darkened the waters and economic prospects throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

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Study shows how to make wind power more reliable

April 5th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

By now just about everyone has heard the downside of wind power, that it is as reliable as, uh, the wind.

When wind speeds slow over the ocean or the plains, wind power is diminished. Researchers at Stony Brook University and the University of Delaware, however, have found a way to even out the power from off-shore installations by looking at what would happen if many offshore turbines were linked via a shared power line.

According to their calculations by the linking of the turbines and by carefully selecting wind project sites to maximize the use of regional weather patterns, the power available from these wind installations would be more reliable and more extensive.

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Salazar to determine fate of Cape Wind

April 5th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

A new round of storms is brewing over wind power in New England after a federal advisory panel recommended that the U.S. Interior Department block a controversial $1 billion project that has drawn opposition from local business leaders and politicians.

Cape Wind Associates LLC proposes building 130 wind towers that would rise 440 feet above the surface of Nantucket Sound. At issue: The towers would be visible from popular tourist areas such as Cape Cod, Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard.

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