Perhaps it’s a blogging faux pas to regurgitate old posts, but this wind farm idea keeps coming back to me, especially on a day like this when it’s howling outside, rattling the old windows in our building.
Evanston is now buying “wind power credits”. I haven’t looked into what that means, so I don’t get it. Aren’t we still using the same kind of electricity, coming from the same fossil fuel-run power plants? Isn’t it kind of a way to shift the books and feel better? I’d rather see Evanston exploit the recent bump in environmental interest – and actually build the real thing. Imagine it – the warm western winds rocketing over the beach and across Lake Michigan, spinning a dozen massive propellers which sit atop slender, white legs in the water. Back on shore 31,000 Evanston households quietly glow in the night, powered by the whirring giants. Awesome.
Here’s part of what I said in June 2005: http://bradcornelius.com/wordpress/?p=51
…Offshore wind farms are a wonderful solution for locations that have it as an option – you don’t have to give up real estate or beautiful views.
Imagine if Chicago were to step up and demonstrate to the rest of this country, (and our government, who can’t see past the end of their oil-stained noses,) that renewable energy can be made practical, and have a huge impact if done on a big enough scale. We could theoretically provide the electrical needs of entire cities with wind, particularly by harvesting the gusty conditions on Lake Michigan.”
To see what it looks like in my imagination, click the photo and view at the largest size.