President Obama has put in effect a new plans to add offshore wind turbines on the coast of New Jersey and Virginia. After reading numerous articles and blogs on this website about how some politicians are trying to limit the number of wind turbines I fell that this move is excellent. It will not only generate a great deal of energy to the states it will create numerous jobs that can help boost the economy.  It is being noted that this is a huge step in the environmental aspect due to the effects on the environment are very little. The proposals from developers show for a total of 12,000 megawatts. With turbines producing up to 2000 megawatts which could provide power for up to 500,000 houses. The main problem with the wind turbines is that the utility cost will double by using the new proposal. Right now the largest states utility rate is 12 cents per kilowatt hour while the power from the wind turbines could cost 28 cents per kilowatt hour.
So the question that generates is how much more energy can the turbines provide to counter balance the cost issue? Since it would be at least 4 years before the turbines would be fully functional what could be done to speed up the process and or help the carbon footprint?
In my opinion I would go ahead with the wind turbines. Even though it will be up to 4 years and double the utility rate, the power that is generated can not only help the states by providing more energy and jobs but it will help to create a better environment. Also on previous articles I read how farmers were getting upset by the space a wind turbine took up, well by moving the turbines to the ocean it gets rid of that problem. So while the move might not be the most efficient move for the present, the move will create and provide for the future.