It is terrific to make electricity, even better to get it to customers. Big issue, especially in light of Texas’ problem. It’s really something that is not top-of-mind for people in general.
I thought about that issue as I read a story about wind towers in the ocean. Here’s how the story starts: “The 188 giant wind turbines that Dominion Energy plans to plant 27 miles off the Virginia Beach shore will be the utility’s biggest project since its nuclear plants went online in the 1970s – but all that energy won’t do much good if it doesn’t reach customers.”
Transmission lines need to come onshore somewhere so the power can be delivered to customers. (Enough power for 660,000 homes.) The company wants to use existing rights-of-way wherever it can. New systems and new kinds of energy may need some new route for delivery, though.
One place for the power lines may be a stretch of land for a planned, but never built, power line.
“Dominion aims to research and come up with preferred route and alternatives over the summer, and ask the State Corporation Commission for permission to go ahead later this year,” say the story. It is also meeting with members of the communities where there can be an impact.
Dominion Energy has a website that describes the project.
The relates to Texas, and the whole nation, because we will see a lot of energy system changes in the next ten years. Those changes involve new generation, new transmission and distribution lines, and new ways to measure and use power at home. It is going to take a lot of positive give-and-take by everyone. Good listening. A lot of care.
More about wind: The US Department of Energy has a website with a primer about wind energy. The map below is from that site. Notice something – Higher wind is offshore the farther north along the US coast. Areas with annual average wind speeds of 7 meters per second (m/s) and greater at 90-m height are generally considered to have a wind resource suitable for offshore development.
Feature image from the Department of Energy