A link that shows possibly wind farm locations and also areas throughout the United States that have the most prominent winds!
- The Wind Program is working with the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to advance a national strategy for offshore wind research and development. As part of that strategy, the Department of Energy has allocated over $227 million since 2011 for offshore wind research, development, and demonstration projects. This funding is focused in three areas: technology development, market acceleration, and advanced technology demonstration.
“Energy.gov.” Offshore Wind Research and Development. U.S. Department of Energy, n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2015.
Cons of Wind Power
-Wind is a fluctuating energy source, In order for wind energy to be a smart and useful investment some sort of storage must be used. e.g. batteries
-Wind turbines produce a noise and vibration that many turbine neighbors have reported as disturbing and annoying.
-The production of wind turbines is a very large upfront investment many cannot afford to pay up front.
-Wind turbines are a serious threat to animals such as birds, the birds are also a threat to the turbines as they could potentially cause damage to the turbine.
-Many people find the turbine looks to be disturbing and ugly.
Mathias Aarre Maehlum. “Wind Energy Pros and Cons.” Energy Informative. December 6, 2013.Web. <http://energyinformative.org/wind-energy-pros-and-cons/>.
-The United States has long coastlines with relatively shallow waters, meaning wind turbines would have to be in these waters closer to people, boat traffic, birds and their possible migratory patterns. Many states have laws limiting the distances turbines have to be from shorelines also.
-European counties have risen far ahead of the United States in terms on number of offshore turbines. This is in large part due to the shallow waters around the British Isles and other shorelines.
-Developing technologies such as floating wind turbines may be the next step for the advancements of wind energy in the U.S.
– Sandy Butterfield at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have written articles and papers stating “The NREL has estimated the offshore wind resource to be greater than the 1000 GW of the continental United States. The wind blows fasterand more uniformly at sea than on land. A faster steadier wind means less wear on turbine components and moreelectricity generated per turbine. The wind increases rapidly with distance from the coast, so excellent wind sites exist within reasonable distancesfrom major urban load centers reducing the onshore concern of long distance power transmission.”( Devitt)
Devitt, Drew. “A Wind Energy Plan that Fits America’s Resources.” Power 157.12 (2013): 52-5. Print.
Here is a link a possible offshore wind farm off of cape cod!
-Wind energy has been used for over 2 thousand years, first with agriculture and now for electricity.
-With the new “Smart for Start” from the U.S. department of interior more wind projects are on the way!
-Offshore wind power has the potential to provide the U.S. with large amounts of electricity provided by wind turbines.
-Wind energy is usually given in GW (gigawatts), 1 GW of electricity has the potential to provide 200,000 to 300,000 homes with power annually.