Thursday, October 23, 2008

Generating Electricity at Sea Takes the Cake

One of the biggest complaints against off-shore oil drilling is the possibility of an oil spill that would destroy ecosystems, threaten coastal communities, decimate miles of coastline and cost untold millions of dollars in cleanup costs and restitution to families and businesses. What if we could still meet our energy needs but instead of drilling offshore we put up wind farms to harness coastal breezes and turn it into electricity? That's exactly what the UK and Denmark have been doing.

The UK has completed it's most aggressive campaign to harness offshore winds opening up a 194MW (megawatt) wind farm off the coast of Lincolnshire. The new wind farm can produce enough electricity to power 130,000 homes and makes the UK the worlds largest producer of offshore electricity.

Now that's thinking green!

Photo by emily_well_mannered via Flickr.

1 comment:

Kristen said...

I like the idea of using off shore winds but I don't think I would like to go to the beach and sit under a windmill.