The Wind Turbines Proposed for Buzzard's Bay May Be a Vision of Long Island Sound's Future
The developer of the Buzzard’s Bay project is a fellow named Cashman (seriously) and he wants to put 90 to 120 turbines between the Elizabeth Islands and New Bedford. At its peak, the wind project would generate 300 megawatts (Cape Wind would produce 420 megawatts). According to the Cape Cod Times, he’ll file his formal application on Friday. (Here's today's Boston Globe account.)
In the meantime, Congress will soon consider a Coast Guard bill that has a provision that would allow the Massachusetts governor to veto Cape Wind. Senators Ted Kennedy and his unlikely ally, Republican Ted Stevens of Alaska, inserted the provision, knowing that Mass Governor Mitt Romney opposes Cape Wind. But there’s been a backlash, and the fate of the provision is unknown (certainly to me, anyway).
I started by saying, “Prepare to get closer to your energy source.” The Energy Outlook blog argues that breaking our dependence on oil will mean that we’ll have to accept that our energy will come from many, smaller generators closer to where we live. There’s already some kind of proposal by a company called Winergy, for turbines off Orient Point. How long will it be before we start to see plans for more elsewhere in Long Island Sound?
While we’re talking about energy, if you feel the need to read something that will make you sick, read this: General Motors is offering to subsidize gasoline prices for people in Florida and California who buy GM cars over the next couple of months. Now that might be an honorable way to create an incentive for the sale of small, fuel-efficient cars. But the vehicles that qualify for the subsidy aren’t small and aren’t fuel-efficient. They are the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, the GMC Yukon, a couple of Hummers, and the Cadillac SRX – gas-pigs all.
I understand the company is working on a new slogan: General Motors – Speeding the Onset of Global Warming.