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The project -- one of the world's largest with a power production capacity equivalent to that of three small nuclear reactors -- will create 10,000 jobs, said Sarkozy, adding candidates would be picked at the start of 2012.
Offshore wind energy has great potential to address the United States’ urgent energy and environmental challenges. While this abundant domestic renewable energy source is currently untapped, there is growing political and market momentum to develop the vast offshore wind energy resources on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf and the Great Lakes.
Working closely with Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration, the U.S. Interior Department yesterday announced the launch of a regulatory process intended to eventually site enough offshore wind turbines to produce up to 4,000 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power 1.7 million homes in Massachusetts.
“European installations of offshore wind power may surge 70 percent this year, topping 2010’s record 51 percent gain,” Bloomberg noted. “This year is likely to have 1 gigawatt to 1.5 gigawatts of sea-based windmills connected to region’s electricity grid.”
What happens when the wind stops blowing?
When the wind stops blowing, electricity continues to be provided by other forms of generation in an isolated system (e.g. batteries, diesel generator), and by the grid in a grid-connected system. UK electricity generation is now overwhelmingly from large power stations, and so the system has to cope when one of these large plants goes out of action. Consequently, it is possible to have at least 10% to 20% of the country's electrical demand met by intermittent energy sources such as wind energy, without having to make any significant changes to the way the system operates.
Wind-powered electricity traveling over Bonneville Power Administration transmission lines has cracked the 1,000-megawatt mark, "a major milestone in the effort to include more clean, emission free energy" in the region's power supply, the federal agency reported Friday.
OLIVIA BUCKS/THE OREGONIANWind turbines dot fields at the Leaning Jupiter Wind Farm, just south of Arlington.
The wind energy comes from projects in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon and Washington, where utilities and private developers have been on a multiyear push to increase supplies of renewable energy.
The wind power hooks into BPA's main transmission grid where it's then delivered to electricity users in the West, primarily in Oregon, Washington and California. The Portland-based federal agency markets more than one-third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest.
Every power source requires maintenance and upkeep
Originally posted by SLAYER69
reply to post by PuterMan
Hey thanks for your input.
Still cleaner than burning oil or coal and doesn't stick around for thousands of years like nuclear waste and is renewable unlike natural gas. It's an investment. Every power source requires maintenance and upkeep.
So whats it to you if people choose to invest in them?
Why so against it?
They aren't spending your money...
All this was to provide Spain with well under 10 percent of its electricity, unreliably, inefficiently and very expensively, at a subsidy cost alone eqwuivalent to 5.6% of Spain's corporate taxes.
We disagree on the topic.
As more and more money is invested technologies will move to keep up with demand. I'm sorry but I'm starting to get the feeling that you have an Agenda and or maybe stock in BP/Big Oil?