Wind Turbines, the new icon of Pacific Northwest landscape; An Appreciation of …

April 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

There’s more than talk now
about bringing offshore wind farms to the West Coast and Oregon is at he heart
of the deal. Gov. John Kitzhaber announced specific plans in February at a
press conference in Portland.

 The Governor disclosed that a Seattle company
will develop plans and build five floating turbines off Oregon’s Coos Bay. The Oregon facility, which would
be the West Coasts first offshore wind energy farm, would be 15 miles from shore, in about 1,400 feet of water.

I wonder how this is going to play
out.

 Offshore wind power is already in use in
Europe and being developed in China, Japan and on the East Coast of the US but
as we join the new frontier of offshore wind farms I can’t help but think how
the wind energy business has changed the Oregon landscape.

It’s nearly impossible to
travel the Columbia Plateau without seeing wind turbines. The massive white
towers and their night-time red glow mark the land like nothing else.

It’s hard to argue with their
value though.  The Shepherds Flat wind farm in
Morrow and Gilliam counties near Arlington is alone, producing enough
electricity to power more than 225,000 American homes.

 

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