Offshore Energy in Northern California

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How long before we see windmills dotting the horizon as we enjoy our beach vacations?

According to an article in The San Francisco Chronicle, federal officials are going to discuss just that at a hearing in San Francisco today. They’ll also be discussing the potential of harnessing wave power as well.

One of the most exciting things we read in the article:

“One estimate by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that windmills placed in shallow coastal waters, those no deeper than 98 feet, could supply at least 20 percent of all the electricity consumed by the coastal states.”

20 percent is an amazing amount of electricity. We just hope this happens sooner rather than later. Considering the fact that Denmark, the Netherlands, and England are already successfully using windmills off their coasts, we’re just wondering what the hold up is?