The nation seems to be holding off as it waits for the results of Cape Wind, the proposed project in Cape Cod. The decision on it is due, at least from the Secretary of the Interior, in April after which it will either be stalled further or proceed.
In the meantime, the consulting firm Emerging Energy Research predicts that the offshore wind market will grow from $10 billion to $30 billion in the next 10 years. Mayor Bloomberg in New York is looking into projects off of Queens, while Duke Energy in North Carolina is looking to erect wind turbines in the Pamlico Sound.
Research, approval and funding all take time but once the boom starts, the success of one project will probably fuel many others.
I know one reason is because in the communities where they want to install wind-turbines, especially like the more wealthy areas (Santa Barbara, Cape Cod, California’s Wine Country Coast) keep protesting and resisting it claiming it will ruin the esthetic value of the area.
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