Offshore Wind Power in Great Lakes Touted as Untapped Resource


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A couple months ago TreeHugger brought you the results of a Michigan State University study which said that offshore wind farms in the Great Lakes could generate 10 times more power than the state currently generates from fossil fuels. Now, at the recently-concluded Michigan Wind Energy Conference the idea is again being touted:

Peter Mandelstam, founder and president of Bluewater Wind LLC of Delaware, gave a detailed presentation on the potential of offshore wind in the United States, including the Great Lakes.

"Offshore wind is the next wave -- lots of puns, folks, I warn you," Mandelstam began, adding that "the Northeast and the Great Lakes are natural markets."

Why? Because they offer stronger and more consistent winds than other shoreline areas, relatively shallow water depths even miles offshore, no significant water use conflicts, accessible transmission and ports, large available project area footprints, and little opposition from the public if the turbines are built more than 10 miles from shore (which makes them too small to see from the beach, for the most part). (WWJ )

Michigan controls 40% of the surface of the lakes under its jurisdiction and therefore one of the few states in the nation with significant potential for developing inland offshore wind power.

via: WWJ, CleanTechnica
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