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Wind Farms Off the Coast of Rhode Island Could Generate 1,000 GW of Electricity

Secretary Ken Salazar made an appearance in Rhode Island today to announce that the Federal government was accepting applications for offshore wind farm projects off the coast of the state and that it would start signing offshore leases for those projects by 2012.

Rhode Island is getting special attention because of the huge potential for offshore wind in the state.  Salazar pointed to an NREL study that found that Rhode Island offshore wind farms could potentially generate 1,000 gigawatts of usefull link order viagra online canada electricity -- enough to the best site brand name levitra power most of the U.S.

The state has already announced plans for a couple of offshore projects:  one is a smaller wind farm that will power the currently diesel-generator-dependent Block Island and feed any excess power to the order levitra now mainland and the other is get cialis the huge 1,000 MW Deepwater Wind Energy Center that will be located in the Rhode Island Sound with transmission lines running from Massachusetts to New York.

With the government pledging to start signing offshore leases and the wealth of electricity that could be generated, there will likely be more cropping up soon.

via Huffington Post

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Whoa there tiger...
written by Sam Vilain, August 18, 2011
Not 1000GW, the study actually reads ~25GW for the entire wedge from Rhode Island halfway out to the continental shelf.
written by Dan, August 20, 2011
I also read 25GW.
What have you got against the great lakes
written by Matt, August 22, 2011
Yes RI has 25GW.

Why is that the fresh water "off shore" get so little play. Salt water is a much harder environment than fresh. Looking at great lake states: (total GW)

Ill(21.0), Ind(2.9), Mich(483.2), Minn(20.5), Ohio(46.2), Penn(9.6), Wis(116.5); plus most of NewYork(147.2)

Notice that 6 of the 8 great lakes states have as much to a lot more "Off shore" wind as R.I.
written by Guest, August 24, 2011
Matt, Good point. However, I guess that such a big deal is made about off-shore ocean applications because most of the US population is located on the West and East Coast. In the Midwest, you don't need the we recommend levitra no doctor extra expense of putting them 50 nm off the coast. Here, they can be on flat rural land and still be somewhat near the population.

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