stateside offshore windfarm
the other day i stumbled upon an interesting article about an offshore wind farm that’s in the works off the gulf coast of texas. unlike a lot of other wind farms on the drawing boards here in the u.s. this one is actually under construction. what’s even better about this project is that they are reusing decaying oil rigs that would othewise become islands of rusting scrap metal. this windfarm near galveston, texas will be generating 150 megawatts of power via 50 offshore turbines. a few of these turbines will be up and running this summer for testing with the rest coming online in the summer of 2008. even better the company (wind energy systems technology, or west) who is constructing the turbines, has an option on their contract to build and additional 50 turbines by 2010 if there is enough demand. if everything goes successfully here offshore windfarming may take root across the united states offering viable carbon dioxide/pollution free power every year.
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