Skip to comments.The First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Could Be a Lifeline for Struggling New England Cities
Posted on 01/21/2022 6:35:00 AM PST by dennisw
As many of New England’s industrial cities fell into decline in recent decades, the wealthier residents of Martha’s Vineyard, a regional center of affluence and privilege, have gotten richer, building and rebuilding beachfront megamansions. But their good fortune has hardly benefited everyone on the island, where economic inequality has run rampant.
For Michael Friedman, a 55-year-old IT engineer, rising prices driven by rich residents’ expanding wealth have made it harder to stay and raise his family on the tree-covered Massachusetts island where he grew up. “What can you say?” he says, driving past the Obama family’s Vineyard property in late October. “We’ll try to make a go of it.”
Now, 15 miles off the island’s coast, a new green-energy project is getting under way that many hope will begin to spread the wealth. In a matter of months, workers will begin erecting 837-ft.-tall wind turbines for Vineyard Wind, the country’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm.
When fully operational, the plant will generate 800 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 400,000 homes. More than a dozen other East Coast offshore wind projects are awaiting government approval, and the plans portend an entirely new clean-energy industry—with thousands of new, high-paying jobs to go along with it.
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More expensive energy will do the trick I’m sure.
I know one thing that will be renewable every 20 years. The electricity generators inside. The salt air will degrade them quickly. Other parts too. Salt air being so corrosive.
This article says Europe has lots of offshore wind farms. Some young Americans are being sent to Denmark to get instruction on offshore wind farms and their machinery. There are community colleges in New England doing the same.
The issue arises mainly because numerous New England states have refused to approve additional natural gas pipelines into or through their state.
Bird zappers and thousands of gallons of lubricating oil in coastal waters is a ‘solution’… to a problem RATS created?
Businesses were legislated, regulated and then taxed out of state or out of business.
The 75k homes (20 yrs ago) have now been assessed at 450K and the real estate tax bill is far in excess of the mortgage.
It’s getting to be either you are rich and can afford Mass. Or you are poor and the gov pays your bills.
These offshore wind power projects must be heavily subsidized by the Federales, and even more so now that senile Joe is El Presidente. This is not mentioned in this Tim Magazine article.
Until the first hurricane hits
Tin Foil Hat Dreamers .
The Sea and the wind are insurmountable adversaries. One Cat 2 hurricane and its all over.
The likelihood of this project being successful is inversely proportional to the amount of government money being used to finance it. If were economically viable on its own, private money would build and operate it. Otherwise it will be just another feel good boondoggle that squanders tax dollars that were extracted from productive people.
I support this only if they put on a trial windmill right on Obama’s beach for a few years to see how it works.
When I read this, I knew this was a writer with an agenda, so I quit reading.
This is like bad science fiction. It’s as if Time and Omni magazines kind of merged.
What a beautiful world this will be;
What a glorious time to be free.
And Spandex jackets, one for everyone.
Those wind farms. How many of you drive-byers see all the propellers turning? Just asking.
That is certainly true. I was in the Netherlands near the ocean a few years ago, and the horizon was blade-to-blade windmills.
Written by an ignorant millennial “journalist” who flunked high school physics and has zero knowledge of power systems. Just like every politician who believes in this fantasy.
Just wait until their beautiful ocean vistas are gone for good. Then they will all sing a different tune.
Cat 1 would likely be enough !
The service workers are blue collar! The high paying wine & cheese jobs will Be back in Corp headquarters 😂
When I drive on I68 through Cumberland Maryland I count about 13-15 windmills. In 10+ years I’ve never seen any more then 3 to 5 mills with blades turning. The rest I guess are resting.
But the developers are laughing all the way to the bank with their subsidies!
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