REPORT: ENOUGH WIND OFFSHORE TO ELECTRIFY AMERICA

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A recent American report reveals the potential for power generation from offshore wind farms. The report lists the northeast area to be the prime focus for offshore wind, an area that has also been selected as an ideal location for Canadian turbines. Canada’s population is roughly 10% of the USA, so a similar project for Canada would be feasible and within our capability. Building large-scale offshore wind farms would allow coal-fired plants to be shut down, and would eliminate the need to spend billions of dollars on new nuclear plants. A new energy generation system like this would also help Canada reach our (now abandoned) Kyoto goals.

There is as much wind power potential (900,000 megawatts) off our coasts as the current capacity of all power plants in the United States combined, according to a new report entitled, A Framework for Offshore Wind Energy Development in the United States, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and General Electric.

via Cape Cod Today

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Steve holds a degree in Environmental Engineering Technology from Humber College in Toronto, is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor. He currently lives in Victoria BC and works as a green building consultant specializing in residential projects.

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