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Where? Wind farm siting will be trickier than it looks

When the U.S. Department of the Interior brought an offshore wind farm simulation to coastal North Carolina this week, residents weren't thrilled with what they saw. The possibility of seeing an array of red warning lights on 460-foot-tall turbines far offshore on clear nights drew a thumbs-down from many viewers.

Most of us love the concept of wind energy. What's not to love about electricity generated by a free power source? But when we get into the weeds of technicalities and public policy, there are many ways to lose that love.

This is even true of offshore wind farms, which, in theory, are the least intrusive into people's daily lives. They don't take up anyone's land, don't make distracting noises. You'd think they'd be the perfect neighbors. But in fact, they stir up powerful public opposition, because the people who spend large sums on shorefront real estate don't want to look at them.

Years ago, the late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy summed up his powerful opposition to a proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm in three words: "I sail there."

So it's no surprise that when the U.S. Department of the Interior brought an offshore wind farm simulation to coastal North Carolina this week, residents weren't thrilled with what they saw. The possibility of seeing an array of red warning lights on 460-foot-tall turbines far offshore on clear nights drew a thumbs-down from many viewers. Maritime industries are worried about collisions, too.

The feds are trying to figure out the best places for wind farms,... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Most of us love the concept of wind energy. What's not to love about electricity generated by a free power source? But when we get into the weeds of technicalities and public policy, there are many ways to lose that love.

This is even true of offshore wind farms, which, in theory, are the least intrusive into people's daily lives. They don't take up anyone's land, don't make distracting noises. You'd think they'd be the perfect neighbors. But in fact, they stir up powerful public opposition, because the people who spend large sums on shorefront real estate don't want to look at them.

Years ago, the late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy summed up his powerful opposition to a proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm in three words: "I sail there."

So it's no surprise that when the U.S. Department of the Interior brought an offshore wind farm simulation to coastal North Carolina this week, residents weren't thrilled with what they saw. The possibility of seeing an array of red warning lights on 460-foot-tall turbines far offshore on clear nights drew a thumbs-down from many viewers. Maritime industries are worried about collisions, too.

The feds are trying to figure out the best places for wind farms, because there are developers interested. It was pretty clear this week that it's going to be tricky.


Source: http://www.fayobserver.com/...

AUG 16 2013
https://www.windaction.org/posts/38048-where-wind-farm-siting-will-be-trickier-than-it-looks
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