By Mark Halper
Posting in Energy
To Donald Trump's chagrin, they blow more than just bagpipes up there. A Spanish-Portuguese-Chinese team proposes a 115-square mile facility to power 40 percent of the country's homes.
A Spanish-Portuguese-Chinese company has submitted plans for an offshore wind farm in northern Scotland that would be the world's largest.
The £4.5 billion ($7.2 billion) 115-square mile facility would have 339 turbines with a generating capacity of 1.5 gigawatts - about the same as a large nuclear power station, and enough to power at least 800,000 homes, or about 40 percent of the country's households, the Guardian reports.
A company called Moray Offshore Renewables hopes to start producing electricity from the project by 2018 some 12 miles off the coast in the Moray Firth, a wide inlet of the North Sea near Inverness. The project is separate from the proposed offshore wind farm in nearby Aberdeenshire opposed by developer Donald Trump, who's worried it will spoil the views from a luxury golf resort that he's building.
Moray Offshore Renewables is a joint venture between Spanish oil company Repsol and Portuguese power company Energias de Portugal. China's stated-owned Three Gorges Corp. recently acquired 21 percent of EDP from the Portuguese government. Three Gorges led the construction of China's environmentally destructive Three Gorges Dam - the world's largest hydroelectric plant.
Moray must first receive planning permission, which is not a certainty.
If the scheme goes as planned, it would be larger than the London Array, 1-gigawatt off shore wind farm under construction in the Thames Estuary which if completed by the target year 2015 would be the world's largest.
Images: Beach, firth and highlands from Dr. Richard Murray. Map from Kmusser. Both via Wikimedia Commons.
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Assuming the cost of producing this energy is less than with oil, this could be a world-wide solution to our energy needs, and eventually it could put the oil companies out of business. Just think of the pollution that would be eliminated. If they can develop the "floating" windmill farms, they could be put out in the ocean where people couldn't see them & the wind is stronger too.
I'm so naive. There was an article in the NYTimes recently about awful bit of news. Here in California, 200 to 300 foot towers (poles?) are set up to monitor wind patterns before a wind farm will be built. We had two agricultural pilots crash to their deaths because the poles are impossible to see. So the state wanted a law requiring attention grabbing paint stripes (I can't believe they didn't call for lights) and the wind power corporations sent lobbyists to fight the bill because of the EXPENSE! I got an old familiar feeling and a pit in my stomach. Even wind power plays that capitalist game of profits above people. Maybe it's different over water? Probably the same corporations?
Imagine if the photo at the head of this article was of ANWR, the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (it looks very similar), and the headline read "Chinese Dam Builder to Install 339 Giant Oil Derricks in ANWR". We would all be extremely disturbed by such a plan. But since the goal is 339 giant bird killing, mammal reverberating windmills it's considered "smart" instead of destructive. The so-called "green", land-gobbling industrial solar and wind projects are intruding on our wildlands at an increasing pace. They are a blight on the landscape and should be opposed by all true lover's of the earth. There are better ways to make energy.
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For this sort of money, they would be better building the proposed Solway Firth tidal power barrage, as the tide is guaranteed, the wind, even in Scotland, is not. The Solway Firth also has the benefit of low shipping usage so it will not obstruct there, as most of it is horrible mud flats. It is also very close to the UK National Grid back-bone, as the former Magnox Nuclear Powerstation @ Chapelcross (Near Lockerbie), was never replaced with anything and the grid connection could easily be resurrected.
Right now Scotland has wind farms that have to shut down when they reach peak power production because the grid cannot handle the load. And the taxpayers are paying them for the power they never produced. Why build more production capacity when they cannot handle what they have now? Because it is another way for the government to make the rich who fund their campaigns richer on the backs of the poor consumers.
I am fairly certain that FAA regulations already call for lights on those towers. http://www.ehow.com/list_6573037_faa-tower-lighting-requirements.html
...as the section of ANWR where the drilling would take place looks nothing like that. There is nothing but flat tundra there. The anti-drilling crowd likes posting pictures of Denali and like places, which is actually a bit of lie, since such places do exist at ANWR, but are hundreds of miles away from the would-be drilling. (You can easily locate actual photos on Google Earth if you are so inclined but there really isn't much there to see)