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    Now that I've figured out New England's and New York's rationale for opposing natural gas pipelines, can anyone explain why they are also opposing offshore wind?
    Slouching Toward Massachusetts...

    What rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches toward Massachusetts to be born? With apologies to Yeats, it's a big ol' renewables mandate.

    That mandate is not yet "born." It's contained in a bill, still in draft form. If passed, however, Bloomberg's reporter gushingly predicts it would have the power to "jump-start the offshore wind industry in the U.S., helping trigger a $10 billion building spree off the Atlantic coast."

    How would this explosion of building and spending be unleashed? "Developers want legislators to mandate the sale of 2,000 megawatts over a decade, enough to power roughly 1.6 million households," reports Bloomberg. "It also would give developers their first chance to build the farms on a mass scale outside Europe and Asia, in a region where powerful ocean winds and high energy prices will provide a key proving ground."

    And there's the rub, you see. Even green-worshipping Northeasterners blanch at the mention of "mass scale" offshore wind farms. One mass scale offshore wind farm can send your Martha's Vineyard beach front property value into the basement. (For an example see the "Cape Wind" project which has been bogged down in litigation for years.)


    I know I would oppose offshore wind, if natural gas was an option, because offshore wind is hideously expensive (onshore wind is fairly cheap)...
    Utilities NSTAR and National Grid have contracted to buy Cape Wind power at 19 cents per kilowatt hour, with a 3.5 percent increase each year. Those contracts cost considerably more than land-based power, but are in line with the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that on a per-megawatt-hour basis, new offshore wind energy will cost 2.6 times more than onshore wind power and 3.3 times more than advanced natural gas plants.


    If your utility company is buying the electricity for $0.19/kWh, they kind of have to sell it to you for more than $0.19/kWh.
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