Moat Mentality: Onshore and Offshore Approaches to Wind Waking
1 Notre Dame Journal of Emerging Technology 1 (2020)
64 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2020
Date Written: February 3, 2020
Wind energy developers are becoming increasingly aware of the damaging impact of wakes from turbines. To deal with the issue on land, many terrestrial developers have adopted a “moat mentality,” creating buffer zones around their wind plants to protect them from neighboring wind developments. While these “moats” may protect the investment of a particular wind developer, they render large areas that could be generating electricity into unproductive waste zones. US offshore wind development is in its nascence. This article will explore ways that offshore wind developers are addressing waking issues and whether they can find more collaborative solutions to maximize productivity as this new industry emerges.
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