Thursday, October 26, 2006

At Least Georgia Tech Tried

Georgia, with viable wind resources in the north as well as offshore, could help the country reach that goal, according to Walt Musial, leader of offshore wind energy activities at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. "Georgia has a role to play, should it choose to play," Musial said.

Georgia Tech, in partnership with Southern Co., was attempting to build the nation's first offshore wind farm. But the Savannah Morning News reports that the project is not likely to happen.

The article sites various reasons like a moratorium on such projects by the regulating committee, as well as the spike in manufacturing costs. The giant turbines can "stand taller than the length of a football field."

It's too bad because further use of wind energy should and will be in our future. In fact, the Georgia coastal winds will help our state be a part of that. For their part, Georgia Tech has done some outstanding research on wind energy and other forms of renewable energy.

The article also mentions the Georgia Wind Working Group. They have a nifty website with info. on wind energy projects and what's happening here in Georgia.

1 comment:

ET said...

We just returned from The Outer Banks, NC., which is just up the coast line from Georgia a way and it was windy. It is a shame the power-to-be don't harness it. Remember Kitty-Hawk.