With every oil spill we’ve seen in the news, it’s pretty easy to be worried about the future of energy efficiency, and environmental degradation at the hands of a fossil fuel-based economy.
But, the development of offshore alternative energy is becoming a more and more viable series of projects around the world as well. In recent times, some of the best examples of offshore alternative energy has been in Scotland, which is geographically optimal for offshore wind turbines.
Here’s a video to shed some light on what’s going on there.
Wind power and the creation of wind farms in the United Kingdom is pretty widespread across the region. But, as stated in the video, a good deal of them are in Scotland, given that the raw material for this kind of energy is plentiful there; Scotland is windy! This is the impetus to make Scotland’s energy sources to be 100% clean by 2020, creating new job sectors in manufacturing, design, engineering, and inspections, and by creating economic independence from fossil fuel markets.
Also as mentioned in the video, a key to the success of these projects is cooperation between public and private sectors. I think this will be true of any alternative energy programs.
There have been issues with Scotland’s interest in and development of wind power. These range from a recent wind turbine fire that made the news and stirred up controversy, to Donald Trump’s criticism of Scotland’s alternative energy program, specifically that the turbines are “monsters” that lower the property value of his golf course there.
Yet to me, the move toward clean energy will provide far greater benefits to the region, and by example to the world, than these criticisms or suspicions will. But, which regions in the United States could take Scotland’s example? Well, American researchers are looking in to wind farms in the Northeast.
Read more here about the Stanford University research in American offshore wind farms. And tell me your own thoughts about the feasibility of wind farms in other regions in North America too!