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US To Fire Up Big Offshore Wind Energy Projects 223

Posted by Soulskill
from the any-way-the-wind-blows dept.
coondoggie writes "The US government today took a bold step toward perhaps finally getting some offshore wind energy development going with $50 million in investment money and the promise of renewed effort to develop the energy source. The plan focuses on overcoming three key challenges (PDF) that have made offshore wind energy practically non-existent in the US: the relatively high cost of offshore wind energy; technical challenges surrounding installation, operations, and grid interconnection; and the lack of site data and experience with project permitting processes."
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US To Fire Up Big Offshore Wind Energy Projects

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  • by Cornwallis (1188489) on Monday February 07, 2011 @09:34PM (#35132964)

    You beat me to it. I was going to say in response to: "The plan focuses on overcoming three key challenges (PDF) that have made offshore wind energy practically non-existent..."

    Ted Kennedy and Walter Cronkite are both dead now. Who's the third challenger?

  • by decora (1710862) on Monday February 07, 2011 @09:37PM (#35132998) Journal

    "the relatively high cost of offshore wind energy;"

    think about this for a moment. what would have happened if they had decided it cost too much to put lasers on sharks?

    we wouldn't have any shark based lasers then would we? and then Hitler would have won World War I, and we'd all be speaking Japanese.

  • by jacks0n (112153) on Tuesday February 08, 2011 @12:17AM (#35134124)

    "I believe that mountain lions go downwind to stalk their prey. Is there any chance that the increased wind caused by the windmills has led to an influx of mountain lions because their prey is easier to stalk? Somebody should look into this." -Anon Reader, Dec. 19, 2010

    "To the person who knows about the windmills in Western New York. Is there an entity to call to see is we can get them turned off for a couple weeks. We need some snow in the area before the people who plow snow go out of business. I think they keep pushing the storms back to the coast." -Anon Reader, Dec. 26, 2010

    "It was a very calm day today so I drove out to see the windmills to set the record straight. Just as I thought, there was no wind today because they were not moving at all. The next windy day, I am driving out again and I bet they will be turning like crazy." -Anon Reader, Jan. 9, 2011

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan