Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The dismal state of Great Lakes Off-shore Wind Project (GLOW)

 

From what I can gather the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Project (GLOW) is dying a quiet death. Getting a sizable portion of our energy from off-shore wind is dying because its leader (Kessel) is gone, many groups have fought the project tooth and nail, and (probably the ultimate reason) hydrofracking is coming and it’s going to be much cheaper to get energy that way.

Concerned Citizens Discuss Lake Wind Turbines A proposal to construct power generating wind turbines on Lake Ontario has drawn opposition along the shoreline. A group called Great Lakes Concerned Citizens gathered at Ontario Beach Park to talk about the economic and environmental issues of wind farms on the lake. (September 20, 2011) TOP STORIES - Rochester - YNN, Your News Now

And:

Lake Ontario residents oppose offshore wind turbines A controversial plan to build offshore wind turbines in Lake Ontario to produce renewable energy was debated Monday night at the Robach Community Center in Charlotte. Energy leaders believe wind power can reduce dependency on fossil fuels and ensure cleaner air for the future, but many residents oppose the idea. "It's not a sound scientific solution to our energy problem," said Mary Kay Barton of the Citizen Power Alliance. (September 20, 2011) RochesterHomePage

And:

Wind Turbines in Charlotte? Debate Powers Up - Rochester, News, Weather, Sports, and Events - 13WHAM.com Charlotte, N.Y. - Dozens of people gathered in Charlotte Monday night to voice their concerns about a proposed project the could bring up to 144 wind turbines to the waters of Lake Ontario. "The decisions are being made out of the public eye," says Dave Knak, whose house sits right on the edge of the lake in Greece. (September 20, 2011) Home - Rochester, News, Weather, Sports, and Events - 13WHAM.com

This is too bad. It’s too bad because it highlights how incapable we are in solving Climate Change. Still, after all we have learned about pollution and Climate Change, when the prices are cheaper we will choose the easiest and cheapest method of energy. There are a lot of arguments, but at the end of the day we are fighting renewable energy and allowing for more fossil fuel to be drilled so we can warm up our atmosphere. Read on.

Wind farm project runs out of air “In the end, the head winds were just too strong for the huge Great Lakes offshore wind farm. The project, likely to cost upward of $1 billion, was too expensive in an economy still struggling to rebound from the recession. Its electricity, while green, would simply cost too much, likely three to five times the current market rates. Its public support was lukewarm, at best, with county legislatures across Western New York lining up to oppose the project.” (September 18, 2011) The Buffalo News

Here’s more on the same issue:

Another death knell for Great Lakes offshore wind? | 520 - An Environmental Blog | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle The Buffalo News published a story today quoting state Sen. George Maziarz saying the New York Power Authority’s plan to promote construction of an offshore wind farm in Lake Ontario or Lake Erie was dead. The power authority hasn’t made any announcement on the project’s fate. But Maziarz, a Niagara County Republican who chairs the Senate energy committee, said he has “every expectation” the project won’t go forward. (September 16, 2011)

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