What are wind mills? A power plant that uses windmills or wind turbines to generate electricity.
In 2010, The first U.S. offshore wind farm, a giant project 5 miles/8 km off the Massachusetts coast was finally approved, after years of opposition involving everyone from local tribes to the Kennedy family was approved by U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Although small in terms of its production -- the facility would produce enough electricity to power 400,000 houses -- its approval was encouraging to other offshore wind projects already proposed for the East Coast and Great Lakes. Construction is expected to begin before the end of the year and Power generation could begin by 2012. The article discusses the reasons why there were oppositions to the windfarms and how it eventually gained approval. Lets now see what were the reasons why there was opposition to the windfarms.
Superstitions:A final ruling was near in 2009, but delayed again after two Wampanoag Indian tribes complained that the giant turbines would disturb spiritual sun greetings and possibly ancestral artifacts and burial grounds on the seabed.
Food for Thought In your opinion, which would you prefer, Offshore Wind Farms or Onshore Wind Farms? Kindly explain your answer WHY OFFSHORE - higher and more constant wind speeds & consequently higher efficiencies NOT ONSHORE - restrictions associated with obstructions (buildings, mountains, etc.), land-use disputes or limited availability of lands. WHY ONSHORE - cheaper foundations - cheaper integration with the electrical-grid network; - cheaper installation and access during the construction phase - cheaper and easier access for operation and maintenance