06 Jul '11, 3pm

Cape Wind and Offshore Wind Power Generation

On the face of it, it seems hard to imagine a better match between a region and its energy needs than New England and the Cape Wind offshore wind farm power project. The six-state area produces few natural resources with which to generate its own electricity to provide for its 14 million inhabitants. A large percentage of this electricity is currently produced by nuclear plants, which in the area are controversial to say the least. The remainder of New England’s power generation capacity consists primarily of relatively small-scale hydro, fossil fuel, biomass, and trash-to-energy facilities. Meanwhile, just offshore is a seemingly inexhaustible supply of power, in the form of wind (which, as many of us Yankees will attest, always seems to blow every day throughout the coastal region). And offshore wind power is a proven technology, generating electricity in Europe for year...

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/07/06/cape-wind-a...

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