Wind Turbines And The View From The Beach

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Because my wife works in wind power, I’m pretty tapped into the industry. Unfortunately, I haven’t been that close to any towering wind farms – at least not as close as Kwok W. Wan, an energy correspondent for Reuters. This morning Wan posted an account of a recent offshore excursion to E.ON’s offshore Robin Rigg wind farm in northwest England.

If you’ve followed the wind sector for any of amount of time you’re probably familiar with the ongoing challenges of offshore development in the states, led by press coverage of Cape Wind. It’s no secret the U.S. is way behind in wind power. But I digress.

The quote below is what got me sort of tweaked.

With Britain pushing to install 32 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2020 – equating to around 177 Robin Rigg sized farms or 10,000 turbines at current technology – let’s hope the imaginary giants stay orderly and remain out of sight from our beaches.
We hear the stories about bird migration paths, noise and slew of other things, but the view from the beach?

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