Offshore wind for SC not as easy as plugging in turbine

By BRUCE SMITH
Associated Press

LITCHFIELD BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Developing wind energy off the South Carolina coast is not as simple as putting up a wind turbine and running a power line to shore.

While federal regulators have identified almost 1,200 nautical square miles off the coast that have the potential to be leased for wind energy, there are a number of concerns and issues that need to be studied.

Those range from the impact the industry might have on the endangered North Atlantic right whale to what the giant turbines might look like from shore and if they will spoil ocean views for residents and visitors alike.

Pawleys Island has already passed a resolution saying the town opposes putting any turbines offshore where they could be seen from the resort community either day or night.

 

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