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Photo Friday: A Big Week for Offshore Wind

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On Tuesday, Massachusettes Governor Deval Patrick announced than a more than 1,160 square mile area off the state’s coast will be opened up for commercial wind leases. Offshore wind farms are already in operation in other parts of the world. The photograph above captures part of the 180 MW Robin Rigg offshore windfarm in Europe. It was Scotland’s first offshore windfarm and has been generating electricity since 2009. It currently includes 60 Vestas V90, 3 MW wind turbines.

Photo Credit: Photo of the Robin Rigg windfarm © Copyright Walter Baxterand licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. Found using Creative Commons.

Note: this post originally contained a typo with regards to the state which announced the new wind farm leases.

Melissa C. Lott About the Author: An engineer and researcher who works at the intersection of energy, environment, technology, and policy. Follow on Twitter @mclott.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. fcourt 10:28 am 06/20/2014

    Melissa – check your headline! Wish it was a big week for offshore wind in NJ too…

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  2. 2. LarryMoniz 9:18 pm 06/20/2014

    I now live in New Jersey, was raised in Massachusetts and frequently visited Rhode Island. WHY would the Gov. of Mass. (Incidentally, the first reference to the Bay State is incorrectly spelled. there’s no “E” just before the last S in Massachusetts.) announce a wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island and what has that to do with New Jersey located much farther to the west and separated from Rhode Island and Mass by Connecticut and New York? In addition, the photo depicts a wind farm off the coast of Scotland, at least 2,500 miles away. As an amateur archeologist and a professional journalist and publicist for more than 50 years, I have to say this is so poorly written that the editors should be embarrassed. Sorry, but that’s my opinion.

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