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Cape Charles WTG

A single prototype wind turbine is being installed off Cape Charles, VA. With a 400'+ foot blade sweep, you'll defintely be able to see this thing from much of the southern bay. Given the shallow water around the entrance to Cape Charles, I was a little suprised that this thing will be installed in navigable waters. Looks like construction will start this year and they'll have the thing in service by Sept of 13. Its getting installed north and slightly west of the Cherrystone entrance channel into Cape Charles.

http://www.mrc.state.va.us/Notices/2...Feb%202012.pdf

Towards the end of the document there are some artist renderings of what the WTG will look like.
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Re: Cape Charles WTG

I guess I'm mildly suprised that no one seems to have an opinion on this pro or con.
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Re: Cape Charles WTG

Ill bite.

I am for ANY form of alternative energy which has us less dependent on exhaustable reasources. There are many wind farms in northern europe and they seem to be perfecting the technology. I know there are issue with1- aethetics, 2- birds, 3- navigation, 4 mechanical hazzards.

I wopuld rather see 500 wind machines than one oil derrick in the water.

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Re: Cape Charles WTG

Id like to read what leads to the conclusion that the technology is viable. I was just pointed to an article indicating that winds percentage cotribution to electrical production rounded to the nearest whole number is zero.

My willingness to accept oil derricks or turbines is shaped by the viability of the technology.

I would have thought wind would have reached at least .5 percent given its been around for a few decades.
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Re: Cape Charles WTG

I know there may be many out there that don't want to see a large wind turbine but coal and other resources are disappearing, quickly.
Coal generates over 50% of the electricity in the US and wind power generates less than 1%. Unlike coal, wind generates no air emissions, no fuel to mine & transport, no cooling water, no water pollution, etc... The pros of wind generated electricity out weighs any cons. I think anytime you can use wind and solar for power, it is a very good thing.
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Re: Cape Charles WTG

Are my tax dollars paying for it?

How long before someone hits it?
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I know there may be many out there that don't want to see a large wind turbine but coal and other resources are disappearing, quickly.
Coal generates over 50% of the electricity in the US and wind power generates less than 1%. Unlike coal, wind generates no air emissions, no fuel to mine & transport, no cooling water, no water pollution, etc... The pros of wind generated electricity out weighs any cons. I think anytime you can use wind and solar for power, it is a very good thing.
Do you have facts to back ANY of that up?

I'm not trying to bait anyone, I just like discourse based on facts.

Who says we are running out of coal?
What is the theoretical production of one WTG?
What is the demand? How many to meet that demand.

Everyone can have an opinion but not their own facts and I certainly don't see facts in evidence to support your opinon or for me to form one.
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It will be a very tall aid to navigation and fish friendly rip-rap reef, whats not to like?

The economics of wind power are the investors problem not mine.
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It will be a very tall aid to navigation and fish friendly rip-rap reef, whats not to like?

The economics of wind power are the investors problem not mine.
To the extent that the "investors" are not you and I via tax breaks or direct government investment I (mostly) agree.

It kinda' sux that a lot of peoples view is going to be impacted for a very, very long time, for a single experimental wind turbine though.
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Re: Cape Charles WTG

I beleive in tax breaks for using energy efficient appliances, and for developing alternative forms of energy. Doesnt cost the taxpayer anything director and encourages investment into these inductries.

I do not support the government building these though.


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It kinda' sux that a lot of peoples view is going to be impacted for a very, very long time, for a single experimental wind turbine though
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I am sure people used these same arguments when they decided to build the Bay-bridge tunnel at the mouth of the Chesapeake or when the built the railroad tracks accross the great plains in the 1800. A wind machine sure beats an oil derrick off shore or the astheics of an oil spill or fire inland or on the water. As the poeple on the Gulf Coast

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