East Coast Off-Shore Wind Farm Is Approved

East Coast Off-Shore Wind Farm Is Approved

Sarah Rae Smith
Apr 29, 2010

Although other countries in the world have been harnessing wind power in off-shore locations, the U.S. has had a slow start.

For the average homeowner, implementing such harvesting means a reduction in utilities and the ability to use clean, green power. There are still a few hurdles to be jumped, but yesterday's announcement of an approved 130-turbine farm was a big step in the right direction! You can see a map over at The New York Times of the proposed locations for the off-shore wind farms.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced yesterday that the government had approved a permit for Cape Wind Associates, a private venture, to build the farm. It's been said that 75 percent of the power needs on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket would be covered by the turbines. 75 percent!

Those still opposing the plan say the farm would be an eyesore and hindrance for tourists and the boating industry. The turbines are planned to sit 5 miles from the nearest shoreline, will take up 24 square miles and the tip of the highest blade of each turbine would reach 440 feet above the water.

• Read more from The New York Times or The American Wind Energy Association

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