WIND forum: Cape Cod Wind Farm

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ImageAguane
May 15, 2011 10:00 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/29/science/earth/29wind.html

“Developers say that Cape Wind will provide 75 percent of the power for Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard — the equivalent of that produced by a medium-size coal-fired plant. It would also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of taking 175,000 cars off the road, officials said, and provide 1,000 construction jobs.”

If you remember, an offshore wind farm was proposed off the coast of Cape Cod several years ago. Among other protests the Kennedy family protested that it would obscure the view from the compound.

Apparently this was technically a worthy idea. The community, government and The Family have agreed to the installation.

NIMBY lessons can hit all of us.
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Steve812
May 17, 2011 11:25 AM CST
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ
I'm really glad to hear this is finally going ahead. I'm sure that if I had an expensive estate on Cape Cod, I'd want to protect the view. That said, however, I think we have to make intelligent choices about energy. Would I rather be a mile from a lot of windmills or twenty five miles from a nuclear plant? I think I'd choose the windmills.

BTW. One of the benefits of most renewable energy sources is that they are broadly distributed. This can lead to a higher level of redundancy and greater system reliability. There's an early NCIS program about a terrorist plotting to shut down power to much of the NE by blowing up three high voltage distribution points. While we know today that the system is probably not quite so vulnerable as that, moving more power generating capacity near users definitely can make the system a lot less prone to great failures like the one in the mid nineties that shut down power from Detroit to NYC for several days.
ImageAguane
May 17, 2011 6:36 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
I totally agree, Steve. I'm sure there is an alternative, universal solution that is applicable across all regions (like oil is) - it may be nuclear. But, I agree that energy resources, renewable or not, need to be easily and efficiently and appropriately accessed by region or somewhat close proximity to users.

It was funny. I think it was just about when I first moved to Phoenix from San Francisco Bay Area (1994-5-6ish) that we had a power grid failure (on a Sunday, Forty-Niners were playing). I think it was September/October and VERY hot and humid here in Phoenix. We had no power for hours. My X, went into the garage and plugged little TV into the cigarette lighter in the Bronco and watched the game with a six pack on ice next to him. Does that bring up a really STRANGE image? Yeah.

My neighbors had just come home with $500 worth of meats from Costco. They were going to store it in their extra freezer. He immediately went to Home Depot to purchase a generator. They were out and sent him to another HD at Thunderbird and I-17. They had the generators but had no way to ring up a sale. My neighbor said he'd take the generator to the other HD where they apparently had a way to account for the sale. It worked... So $500 worth of meats ended up costing him lots more... $$$
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