America may have taken her first steps in what is sure to be a long, incremental, and sometimes painful shift toward a large-scale clean energy future. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar finally approved the Cape Wind project today, allowing for the construction of 130 turbines at Horseshoe Shoal south of Cape Cod.
The project will be the first major offshore wind project backed by the federal government, and if successful it might not be the last. Salazar said today that Cape Wind is only the first of many wind projects that will dot the Atlantic coast, piping carbon-free electricity back to shore for use in public power grids.
An innovative new generator might address the aesthetic issue
By Gregory MonePosted 03.17.2008 at 1:38 pm 0 Comments
A new player has stepped into the middle of the Cape Cod offshore wind farm debate, proposing a technological solution that may finally bring the long-running fight to an end. Blue H, a subsidiary of a Dutch company, has proposed the installation of 120 floating wind turbines that would be anchored far from shore and, more importantly, out of sight. Cape Wind, the company that first proposed an offshore wind farm in the area, wants to use standard turbines. But those with beachfront property in the area dont want their lovely views of the seascape ruined by the spinning blades.