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Cape Cod Wind Farm Gets U.S. Environmental Approval

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2009 by highboldtage

Cape Cod Wind Farm Gets U.S. Environmental Approval

By Daniel Whitten and Catherine Dodge

Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) — The Interior Department gave environmental approval for a proposed wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, over the objections of Senator Edward Kennedy and other residents.

Final federal approval to build the 130 windmills, the first in U.S. waters, wouldn’t be granted for at least 30 days, after President-elect Barack Obama takes office. The Interior Department’s finding is one of about 20 federal, state and local permits or authorizations needed.

Supporters call the project, under review since 2001, an important step toward developing renewable energy. Opponents say it may cause radar interference to boats and planes and spoil the ocean views from Cape Cod.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=ak8T3fYNdHPI&refer=us

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Humboldt Empowerment Project

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2008 by highboldtage

 

Humboldt Empowerment Project

GOAL: Electrical energy self sufficiency (independence) for Humboldt County using a renewable source within five years.
MEANS: A wind turbine farm placed in a ten mile square at sea twenty miles offshore on floating barge platforms with the electricity collected onshore in one or more stations.. On 500′ centers this will comprise +/- 11,100 turbines.
ECONOMIC NOTES: Turbines and barges to be assembled locally in Humboldt County. This project should result in 500 or more local good paying jobs for welders, assemblers and mariners. If production starts in one year, we need to produce 10 barges per day to complete the project in 5 years.
ENGINEERING NOTES: Barges should be plug and play, towed out to sea for production and towed to port for maintenance. Barges, power transmission and anchors should be engineered to survive a 10,000 year tsunami.
ENVIRONMENTAL NOTES: Possible effect on seabirds. Possible effect on fish and marine mammals. Wind power production at this scale may alter global wind patterns. Possible conflict with marine shipping routes and fishing zones.
BENEFITS: Bountiful electric supply for Humboldt produced locally with a small carbon load, a boost to the local economy through cheaper power and good jobs, and a power plant that is very secure against disaster or attack. Humboldt County will be a world pioneer in wind power energy production.

http://humboldtempowerment.com/

Proposal to harness wind power off Mendocino coast worries fishing industry

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2008 by highboldtage

Blog Note:  This SacBee article is really about wave energy, not wind energy.   The SacBee writer is a bit confused.

Proposal to harness wind power off Mendocino coast worries fishing industry

By Maddalena Jackson – mjackson@sacbee.com 
 
Oil companies, some politicians and commuters paying $4 for a gallon of gas might look at California’s coast and think of crude oil pooled below the seafloor.

The state’s North Coast, however, holds promise of another energy bounty.

In less time than it would take to fire up new offshore oil drills, waters off our coast could host floating wind turbines and undulating buoys driven by waves, producing abundant electricity for a power-thirsty state.

more:  http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/1146712.html

Energy from Offshore Wind

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2008 by highboldtage

Energy from Offshore Wind

Energy from Offshore Wind

Walt Musial and Sandy Butterfield, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO Bonnie Ram, Energetics, Inc. Washington D.C. Copyright 2006, Offshore
Technology Conference

Abstract This paper provides an overview of the nascent offshore wind energy industry including a status of the commercial offshore industry and the
technologies that will be needed for full market development. It provides a perspective on the status of the critical environmental and regulatory issues
for offshore wind and how they are affecting the formation of the U.S. industry. The rationale provided describes why offshore wind has the potential to
become a major component of the national electric energy supply. Future projections show this potential could result in over $100 billion of revenue to the
offshore industry over the next 30 years in the construction and operation of offshore wind turbines and the infrastructure needed to support them. The
paper covers technical issues and design challenges needed to achieve economic competitiveness for near term deployments in shallow water below 30-m depth.
It also examines the requirements for future technologies needed to deploy systems in deeper water beyond the current depth limits. Although most studies
to date indicate very low impacts to the environment, regulatory and environmental barriers have hindered the first offshore wind projects in the United
States. A summary of these issues is given.

Introduction Over the past two decades, on-shore wind energy technology has seen a ten-fold reduction in cost and is now competitive with fossil and
nuclear fuels for electric power generation in many areas of the United States.

http://www.nrel.gov/wind/pdfs/39450.pdf