A possible wind farm on Cape Cod has residents of that area concerned. Cape Wind Associates hopes to build the nation's first big offshore commercial wind farm, with 130 giant turbines anchored on Horseshoe Shoal. The $700 million project, with 426-foot turbines spaced six to nine football fields apart over a 24-mile area, could produce enough electricity to power most of Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, according to an article in the Sept. 22 Cleveland, Ohio, Plain Dealer.
The story, “Wind power plans blow a rift through wealthy Cape Cod,” quoted Tom Drennen, associate professor of economics.
“I honestly think they went too large-scale” to win public support, he said, and cited examples of communities in upstate New York that accepted smaller wind farms when residents saw something in it for them, such as payments to farmers who let the towers be built in their fields. “They had to go large-scale in order to make the economics work,” said Drennen. “I don't have a problem with it. I think it would be kind of neat on the horizon. But when you're thinking of hundreds of them, maybe that's just too much.”
In October, Drennen will discuss energy issues on WXXI.