Friday, October 15, 2010

Harvest the Wind

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Offshore wind just got another gust at its back. Glad to hear several big investors are going to build an undersea transmission line to bring wind energy ashore along the US mid-Atlantic states. It looks promising, what with the respectable likes of Google involved, fewer permit issues (on paper) than terrestrial lines, and few technical issues. This would be a great incentive for offshore wind farms. But of course, we'll see, we'll see.

This story made big headlines, including the New York Times, which called the line an "energy spine". If the new line and the wind turbines can be sited without major disruptions to fisheries and marine ecosystems, seems like a great step toward the renewable energy economy we so desperately need.

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