Offshore Wind Faces Stiff Test From Hurricanes

As new offshore wind farms are built off the Northeast coast, a new report suggests that the current models of wind turbines may not withstand the most powerful of hurricanes. The study, by the University of Colorado Boulder, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the U.S. Department of Energy, is intended to help the budding offshore wind industry as it expands into hurricane-prone regions, such as the East Coast. “We wanted to understand the worst-case scenario for offshore wind turbines, and for hurricanes, that’s a Category 5,” said Rochelle Worsnop, lead author and a graduate researcher in the University of Colorado’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC). click here to read the story 10:58

  • DickyG

    Wonderful planning! Sell/Lease out the East Coast fishing grounds, from NY Harbor to Nantucket, plan for 1400 of these monstrosities, then ask “Gee, do you think they’ll withstand a Storm?” Fire-Ready-Aim?

    • Borehead

      I have to wonder exactly what the politicians are thinking when they approve this activity. Do they not read anything but the wind industry press releases that paint a rosy picture of the wind industry? These are the same politicians that sell fishermen out, while smiling saying they are here to help them. I never hoped for a hurricane in my life! Till now.