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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday January 12 2017, @03:36AM   Printer-friendly
from the where-is-my-jetpack? dept.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, for example, has just called on the Long Island Power Authority to approve a 90 megawatt offshore wind project 30 miles southeast of Montauk (out of sight of the Long Island beachfront), and he's also proposing a commitment to an impressive 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030. As reported previously, a separate 800 megawatt offshore wind plant is due to be developed 17 miles south of the Rockaway Peninsular, and Norwegian oil giant Statoil recently shifted its investments from tar sands in order to win the auction to lease it for development.

All of this and more will be part of Governor Cuomo's push for an Offshore Wind Master Plan, which is slated to be completed by 2030 at the latest. Of course, there's a large elephant in the room in terms of the famously wind-skeptic (hostile?) President Elect Donald Trump, but Governor Cuomo's announcement suggests that states will continue to push things forward even if the federal government doesn't.

New York should learn from the fight over the Cape Cod offshore wind farm and push coal-fired plants first, with the offshore windfarm as a compromise.

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  • (Score: 2) by Aiwendil on Thursday January 12 2017, @12:51PM

    by Aiwendil (531) on Thursday January 12 2017, @12:51PM (#452925) Journal

    Mariehamn is the harbour used by Eckerö-linjen (to Grisslehamn, straight west of mariehamn), the turbine was there in the late 90s, and was a small one (sub-MW), and it was very loud due to it being a non-windy-port, the ferry (only company that uses it, it is a very small harbour) has a very short turn-around-time (so you are there well ahead of departure), and almost all cars has their engines off (normally the seagulls are the loudest persistant noise).

    And that is an issue shared with wind and nuclear - lots of bad impressions comes from early experiences. (I agree that the MW-class turbines are less noisy, but more visually intrusive [at Väddö they recently built a small windfarm, you can see those from very far away, whilst forsmark nuclear power station is very easy to miss until you get past the last forest and/or island. So, nowhere to hide from the constant motion and intrusion from a wind turbine]).

    But back to the main thread - all complaints about non-locally-polluting power-generators (PV, Solar thermal, nuclear, hydro, geothermal, natgas) are subjective and virtual, and once you get down to raw numbers it doesn't make sense to build wind near populated areas (HVDC links and HUGE [double-digit-GW farms] makes more sense, and cities tend to be built where it is less windy [and they obstruct wind themselves]).

    Also, even if people where to like the look of turbines it still would negativly impact the value of properties that can see them (since you know you can use it as a bargaining point), and people tend to be hostile to anything that impacts their economy.

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