Experts approve of wind turbines off South Carolina coast

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 @ 11:07 AM
posted by rene5432

Wind energy has received a boost in recent months, with more states beginning to see the benefits of the renewable power source.

According to a recent report by television station WPDE, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy recently held a public forum to discuss the possible benefits of power generated by wind turbines along the South Carolina coast's Grand Strand of beaches.

Dr. Paul Gayes, the director of the Center for Marine and Wetland Studies at Coastal Carolina University, said that adding turbines to the Grand Strand could have an enormous impact on the way state residents receive energy.

"If you were to take the wind generated annually off the coast, you could generate something like 200 percent of all of our power needs," Gayes, a panelist at the forum, explained.

The Myrtle Beach Sun News reports that the U.S. Department of Energy has said the winds off the South Carolina coast could generate as many as 5,000 megawatts of electricity, with one megawatt enough to power up to 1,000 homes.

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