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Offshore wind installation will have many problems

Wind farm generation may be in our future. However, the proposal that is currently before Delmarva Power customers for offshore wind generation is fraught with many problems. If an offshore wind farm has to be built, it should be adjacent to a utility that has a greater customer base than Delmarva has, so the cost per customer would be less.

Wind farm generation may be in our future. However, the proposal that is currently before Delmarva Power customers for offshore wind generation is fraught with many problems. If an offshore wind farm has to be built, it should be adjacent to a utility that has a greater customer base than Delmarva has, so the cost per customer would be less.

If there is an underwater cable connecting the wind farm to Delmarva, there will surely be cable failures. These could take months to locate and repair, depending on weather conditions.

Utilities schedule generator maintenance to insure that the majority of the units are available during peak usage times. Can we be sure that the wind will blow during these times?

Wind farm generation may be in our future. However, the proposal that is currently before Delmarva Power customers for offshore wind generation is fraught with many problems. If an offshore wind farm has to be built, it should be adjacent to a utility that has a greater customer base than Delmarva has, so the cost per customer would be less.

If there is an underwater cable connecting the wind farm to Delmarva, there will surely be cable failures. These could take months to locate and repair, depending on weather conditions.

Utilities schedule generator maintenance to insure that the majority of the units are available during peak usage times. Can we be sure that the wind will blow during these times?


Source: http://www.delawareonline.c...

APR 23 2008
http://www.windaction.org/posts/14602-offshore-wind-installation-will-have-many-problems
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