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  •  Possible, I suppose, but I am not an... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...engineer. The practical problem I can see with this is that there are only 40 drilling platforms and artificial islands for drilling off the California coast in municipal (17) and federal (23) waters.

    If you were to put up nothing but 5-megawatt wind turbines, it would take 10,400 of them to match the existing non-renewable installed generating capacity in the state. But because wind is intermittent even at sea, about the best we could hope for would be a 60% of capacity production level. So we would need 17,000 turbines.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 02:17:03 PM PDT

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    •  oh, I don't think it's the ultimate answer (1+ / 0-)
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      but,  having these as anchor nodes, may serve
      as lower cost ways to move the power around,
      and provide faster ways to maintain the turbines, if the crews can deploy off of the oil platforms, then they can have
      a place to bunk down, they don't have to come from shore, they can cache materials, etc...

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