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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: 3, Informative) by driven on Thursday January 12 2017, @02:02PM

    by driven (6295) on Thursday January 12 2017, @02:02PM (#452933)

    "all we heard was a gentle relaxing hum"

    I've stood under a wind turbine (part of a mid-size wind farm) and I didn't find it relaxing. But I wouldn't judge the sound until you've lived next to a wind farm for a period of time - just stopping by for a few minutes and listening isn't the same. Imagine not being able to escape the sound in your own home, or trying to sleep when everything else is quiet which would tend to magnify the droning wind turbine sounds.
    I wonder what effect a wind farm has on nearby property values?

    Seems that most people who want a wind farm are okay with it as long as it's in someone else's back yard.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by FatPhil on Thursday January 12 2017, @10:53PM

    by FatPhil (863) <reversethis-{if.fdsa} {ta} {tnelyos-cp}> on Thursday January 12 2017, @10:53PM (#453108) Homepage
    Right now, I'm listening to doof-doof-doof from the local nightclub (I live downtown). I'd trade that for a constant hum any day.
    I know I'm God, because every time I pray to him, I find I'm talking to myself.