Winds of Change: Promising Research into Offshore Wind Energy

Date: May 25, 2012

By Michael F. Carmichael

Not far from the border between Wisconsin and Michigan, in the middle of Lake Michigan, a small bright yellow buoy lies anchored. It’s only about 200 square feet in size but it has an entire regional industry riding on it: offshore wind-powered electricity. 

A number of states are beginning to generate electricity from “wind farms” that are located where the wind is most consistently blowing – on land – in their state. Across the country more than 2 percent of our electrical needs is coming from those huge industrial turbines that are clustered on those farms. In one state, Iowa, a significant 15 percent of their electricity comes from wind.

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