Wind power catch-up
The rapid rise of wind turbine development and implementation continues to generate impressive data, big plans and cautious concern. Some recent highlights:
- The market for small-scale wind turbines (100 kW or less capacity) has grown 78% in 2008 according to The American Wind Energy Association.
- Meanwhile, a Dutch study has found that small turbines are economically inefficient compared to solar power at the same scale.
- The North Carolina state senate weighs a ban of large turbines from its mountaintops on the premise that they are an aesthetic blight.
- The Long Island – New York City Offshore Wind Project has reached out to developers with a proposed 350 – 700 MW-generating wind farm 13 miles off the coasts of the Rockaway Peninsula, which they hope to connect to the New York State power grid by 2015.
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