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On America moves a step closer to its first offshore wind farm

I think the term "expensive" is a relative one, and used in the DPU order in reference to the big arguments used by Cape Wind opponents comparing offshore wind prices with other forms of energy generation.

I agree, for offshore wind at the moment the 18.7 cent per kWh level compares well to the 23 cent per kWh level seen in Europe last year, and potentially sets a challenging bar for other, demonstration-scale offshore wind projects in the US.

A significant difficulty that offshore wind developers have in securing public and official approval is in justifying the costs relative to other forms of energy, and particular renewable energy, generation.

November 24, 2010    View Comment    

On Al Gore Says Supporting Corn Ethanol Was a Mistake

Meanwhile, US oil producers received $52 billion in subsidies last year.

The trouble with the food-versus-fuel debate is that one side of the debate assumes there will be no progress in technology, that processes cannot become more efficient.

The fact that there is a corn ethanol industry at all will accelerate the development of more advanced biofuels that prove better for the environment and more cost-effective.

Funny that Al Gore's "mistake" was prompted by a desperate attempt to secure votes. Like Nixon made a mistake ordering a raid on the Watergate.

November 23, 2010    View Comment