Originally Posted by Southron Spirit
the charter fishing boats will probally love them ,the best fishing in the gulf of mexico is around the oil platforms they are teeming with fish .
+1 ABSOLUTELY! The bases of these things will be fish and shellfish magnets, and anyone that has spent time diving near oil platforms, offshore lights and lighthouse towers will attest to the amount of marine life that congregates around these structures.
I suspect that those windmills proposed for the New Jersey coast will create homes for huge schools of sea bass, scup, tautog, mussels and more. In Maryland's portion of Chesapeake Bay prior to 9-11 the Gas Docks was THE place to be when it came to sinking your hooks into some monster striped bass while live-lining spot. Since 9-11 the feds created a zone around the structure where no boats are permitted.
The main problem with offshore windmills is they're not cost effective. Sure, they produce clean electricity when the wind's blowing, but when it's not, they just sit there doing nothing at all. The initial cost of the windmill is ridiculously high, installation can be a nightmarish expense, and maintenance is nearly constant. There have been lots of cost effectiveness studies done on them and the bang for the buck ratio is lousy at best.
Some nations, particularly those in northern Europe, has began relying on tidal currents and underwater turbines, which have proven extremely effective. Keep in mind the power of the wind is nothing in comparison to the power of the ocean's waters. And, unlike unpredictable wind, oceanic tidal currents are very predictable and can easily be harnessed. The only drawback I read about is fish entrapment, which is now being addressed with small-mesh housings to keep the critters out of the turbines.