Skip to comments.Power East Coast via wind? Doable with 144,000 offshore turbines, study says
Posted on 09/15/2012 4:13:12 PM PDT by Libloather
Power East Coast via wind? Doable with 144,000 offshore turbines, study says
By Miguel Llanos, NBC News
10 hours ago
Placing wind turbines off the East Coast could meet the entire demand for electricity from Florida to Maine, according to engineering experts at Stanford University.
It would require 144,000 offshore turbines standing 270 feet tall not one of which exists since proposals have stalled due to controversy and costs. But the analysis shows it's doable and where the best locations are, says study co-author Mark Jacobson, a Stanford professor of civil and environmental engineering.
The team is not advocating for an "all wind" approach, saying it'd be foolish to put all of one's energy eggs in a single basket, but they do think it could reach up to 50 percent. Today the U.S. gets about 4 percent of its electricity from wind, but only via turbines on land.
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And it is RACIST to wonder how much climate change would be induced by such a monstrosity.
Or we could just wait for the 144,000
The lifespan of an offshore turbine is not going to be very long. Plus, keeping that many constantly maintained would be a logistics nightmare.
One windmill mounted on an exhaust vent on the Capitol Building dome should provide all the power needed.
We have plenty of gas here. My heat is gas and it’s friggin expensive. NYS should be able to cut my cost in half with fracking....but thast will never happen. The big “cut” will go into the NYS coffers...another way to rob the workers.
Martha's Vineyard, Hyannisport, Newport, the south shore of Connecticut, the Hamptons, Hilton Head, Palm Beach...
What? Too many big Democrat donors have vacation homes there? Whaddya say? What????
144 thousand reasons not to do it.
They would never let a chance to loot the treasury like they did with Solyndra slip through their fingers.
Unfortunately, 138,473 of them would be too close to Kennedy land.
And only when the wind blows.
I'm all for alternative energy. My shack up in the mountain was too far from commercial 'lektrikity to have commercial power. I had wind, solar, and a backup diesel genset. Lots and lots of batteries.... Maintenance... sweeping snow from solar panels...
Sure, it can be done. If one doesn't mind living like a mountain man.
Nothing like washing your hair on the front porch in -18F weather, and feeling better about being in the 38F shack, because there isn't any wind.
Salt water, waves, and storms; no power when there is no wind; no power when there is too much wind during storms - what could go wrong?
I have a relative in the energy services business, and he always points out to me how critical it is to balance power supply and power demand on the grid - if demand exceeds supply by too great a margin, the grid goes down, hard.
And the problem with wind is that it doesn’t always blow, so typically when utilities install wind farms, they also build gas fired turbine units as back ups for when the wind dies out. The more you rely on wind, the more back-ups you need (a few years back, the grid in Texas almost went down as the air got still, and the utilities desperately looked for back-up).
So if these bozos are going to try to put up hundreds of thousands of wind turbines (and in whose backyard, I might ask - certainly not any Kennedy’s), they’re going to need a boatload of gas turbine power plants to keep that grid operable.
To paraphrase a famous movie line; “Just because we CAN do something doesn’t always mean we HAVE to do it.”
What a horrible thought!
one it kills thousands of birds and wildlife, secondly if anything was ugly on the contry side it has ot be those disgusting looking windmills.
So where are the animal protectoring groups on this?