There She Blows – Why can’t the US be this aggressive

It’s Jam Band Friday ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRUWtrgTpcs )

We have so much coastline that we could use for this. But nooooo, the drill here drill now crowd would rather put drilling rigs there. First I have to say:

( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2s6LZUdYaU&feature=related )

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5 Gigs Wow

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/8447317.stm

New offshore wind farm contracts announced

Offshore wind farm

The licences could see the installation of hundreds of new turbines

Contracts have been awarded for a major expansion of offshore wind power in the seas around Scotland.

Moray Offshore Renewables and SeaGreen Wind Energy will develop offshore wind power in the Moray Firth and the Firth of Forth.

The energy companies have been awarded the contracts by the Crown Estate, a UK government agency.

The energy companies have been awarded the contracts by the Crown Estate, a UK government agency.

It is believed the development could lead to 1,000 new turbines generating nearly five giga watts of power.

Jobs could also be created in manufacturing, research, engineering, installation, operation and services.

The move comes just days after the Scottish government’s approval of the controversial upgrade to the Beauly to Denny transmission line of pylons from the Highlands to central Scotland.

We hold a competitive advantage in developing offshore renewables, including as much as a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind energy potential and a world-class scientific capacity and skills base

Alex Salmond
First Minister

First Minister Alex Salmond said: “The announcement by the Crown Estate is excellent news for Scotland.

“We hold a competitive advantage in developing offshore renewables, including as much as a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind energy potential and a world-class scientific capacity and skills base.”

Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy said Scotland was the windiest country in Europe and the conditions were being created for the energy industry to invest in harnessing it.

He added: “This is one of the strongest signals yet that Scotland is right at the heart of the UK’s commitment to a low carbon, energy secure, prosperous future.

“But it’s also great news for the manufacturing industry and supply chain in Scotland.”

‘Great opportunity’

The Crown Estate is the owner of the UK’s coastal seabeds and this third round of grants covers the Moray Firth zone, which will be developed by a partnership involving the Portuguese company, EDP Renewables and SeaEnergy.

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(  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX_mwDvcZ2I )

Scotland plans to get 50% of its power from alternative sources by 2020.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_power_in_Scotland

Wind power in Scotland

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Wind power in Scotland is an area of considerable activity, with 1550 MW of installed capacity as at October 2008.[1] Wind power is the fastest growing of the renewable energy technologies in Scotland and the world’s largest wind turbine generator (5 MW) is currently undergoing testing in the North Sea, 15 miles off the east coast. There are numerous large wind farms as well as a number, both planned and operating, which are in community ownership. The siting of turbines is sometimes an issue, but surveys have shown high levels of community acceptance for wind power in Scotland. There is further potential for expansion, especially offshore, given the high average wind speeds.

The Scottish government has a target of generating 31% of Scotland’s electricity from renewable energy by 2011 and 50% by 2020. The majority of this is likely to come from wind power.[2]

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We in the US can only close our eyes and dream.

( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W6mRy4jdk0&feature=fvw )

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