More. Faster. Now.
While US wind resources are massive, most are on land in the wind-swept Plains states. America has more than 35,000 megawatts of land-based wind generation (the same generating capacity as 35 large coal-fired power plants), but none offshore.
Now, after nearly a decade of battles pitting Massachusetts’ Cape and island residents, Indian tribes, and influential politicians against one another and project developers, the offshore wind energy industry is poised to grow, US officials say.
Cape Wind, which plans to put 130 wind turbines – each at least 400 feet above sea level – across a swath of Nantucket Sound, is expected to provide enough energy to power about 200,000 homes.It will probably be the first of several ventures that will produce about 8,000 megawatts of offshore generating capacity by 2025.
One of the major objections to the project has been from a vocal group of NIMBYs who claim the barely visible towers on the horizon will spoil their views. All I can say is, which is uglier (click to enlarge):
The sheer number of hoops the Cape Wind project had to jump through to get to this point (including outliving Ted Kennedy), is an object lesson in governmental obstruction. Which is why Texas may yet remain the country’s major energy producer.
Who’s backward now, Yankees?