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Cape Wind support founded on dollars

Time and technology have caught up with Cape Wind. Its advantage of six years ago as a novel proposal is now flattened by the advance of deeper-water wind technology (as well as promised advances in wave and tidal energy generation). By the time Cape Wind could be up and running - by 2011 or 2012 at the earliest - commercial-scale deeper-water projects will be a reality. No matter how you spin it, deeper-water locations are a better alternative to Cape Wind. The winds are stronger, the potential is greater and the risks are significantly lower.

Solon Economou overlooks the key connection between the planned wind testing center in Charlestown and the promise of deep-water wind technology in his July 5 column, in which he continues to show his enthusiasm for Cape Wind by maligning the opposition and dismissing deep-water wind as "spin."

Time and technology have caught up with Cape Wind. Its advantage of six years ago as a novel proposal is now flattened by the advance of deeper-water wind technology (as well as promised advances in wave and tidal energy generation).

By the time Cape Wind could be up and running - by 2011 or 2012 at the earliest - commercial-scale deeper-water projects will be a reality. No matter how you spin it, deeper-water locations are a better alternative to Cape Wind. The winds are stronger, the potential is greater and the risks are significantly lower.

So why are supporters like Mr. Economou spending so much time and energy pushing Cape Wind when they know better alternatives exist? Because deeper-water sites would make less money for the developer, and the benefits of these sites make them a threat to a poorly sited project like Cape Wind.


Solon Economou overlooks the key connection between the planned wind testing center in Charlestown and the promise of deep-water wind technology in his July 5 column, in which he continues to show his enthusiasm for Cape Wind by maligning the opposition and dismissing deep-water wind as "spin."

Time and technology have caught up with Cape Wind. Its advantage of six years ago as a novel proposal is now flattened by the advance of deeper-water wind technology (as well as promised advances in wave and tidal energy generation).

By the time Cape Wind could be up and running - by 2011 or 2012 at the earliest - commercial-scale deeper-water projects will be a reality. No matter how you spin it, deeper-water locations are a better alternative to Cape Wind. The winds are stronger, the potential is greater and the risks are significantly lower.

So why are supporters like Mr. Economou spending so much time and energy pushing Cape Wind when they know better alternatives exist? Because deeper-water sites would make less money for the developer, and the benefits of these sites make them a threat to a poorly sited project like Cape Wind.



Source: http://www.capecodonline.co...

JUL 19 2007
https://www.windaction.org/posts/10121-cape-wind-support-founded-on-dollars
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