02 May '11, 1pm

This is a Big Deal: Google is sinking more money into renewable energy

I have a feature story in the latest issue of Popular Science : "Hundreds of Miles of Wind Farms, Networked Under the Sea ." It's about the Atlantic Wind Connection, a new project (funded, in part, by Google) that would lay high-voltage transmission lines beneath the sea floor along the mid-Atlantic coast, opening the area up to offshore wind developers. I managed to get through the article without using the tired term "game changer," but ... this is a Big Deal. Here's how the story begins: During the last ice age, glaciers a mile high pushed several dozen cubic miles of rock, sand and debris into the ocean off North America's mid-Atlantic coast, creating a broad shelf that extends up to 40 miles offshore. This long, flat stretch of seabed and the shallow, windy waters that cover it make the ideal spot for dozens of offshore wind farms—and if all goes well, the network tha...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/wind-power/2011-05-02-popular-scienc...

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Offshore Wind Power Market about to Boom (Report)

Offshore Wind Power Market about to Boom (Report)

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greentechmedia.com 03 May '11, 6pm

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The House wants to drastically expand offshore drilling:

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grist.org 02 May '11, 9pm

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Very cool developments in Floating Wind Turbines. Check it out:

Very cool developments in Floating Wind Turbine...

renewableenergyworld.com 03 May '11, 1pm

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grist.org 05 May '11, 7pm

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greentechmedia.com 03 May '11, 6pm

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Why Wind Intermittency is NOT a Big Deal

Why Wind Intermittency is NOT a Big Deal

cleantechnica.com 11 May '11, 1am

This article explains, in layman’s terms, how wind energy is just that, energy, and how this is different from capacity or...

Really Big and Off the Grid

Really Big and Off the Grid

motherearthnews.com 07 May '11, 6pm

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e360.yale.edu 29 Apr '11, 2pm

29 Apr 2011: Offshore Wind Market To Surge In Next Six Years, Report Says A new report forecasts that offshore wind capaci...

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grist.org 22 Apr '11, 10pm

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Google says cheap renewable energy will take longer than expected

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earthtimes.org 30 Apr '11, 2pm

Since 2007, Google has been making efforts to develop energy from renewable sources that is cheaper than coal. The initiat...