The South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies at Clemson University has begun studying the feasibility of harnessing wind power to generate electricity in the state, according to Nick Rigas, Institute director.
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The government wants to know what people think about generating energy from wind, currents and waves off the S.C. coast. The idea is to harvest energy from wind and water turbines and send the power back to shore through cables. The greatest potential for wind energy is beyond three miles off the coast, outside state territorial waters, said John Clark, a spokesman for the state Energy Office.
The notion is almost surreal - rows on rows of mammoth propellers, each blade taller than a football field is long, whirling offshore just above the horizon. The chances of seeing a wind farm in the ocean off South Carolina might be just that fantastic, even though it's getting a good hard look.
Scientists, lawmakers and utility executives from three states will gather in Charleston this month to debate the merits of offshore wind turbines, a technology that is revolutionizing the energy industry in Europe but running into resistance in the United States.
Santee Cooper, the state-owned utility based in Moncks Corner, unveiled a $2.5 billion plan Monday to build four new power plants, including two nuclear generators, by 2019 to meet surging demand from new residents and businesses.