Wind Energy, Oct. 12

Oregon Natural Resource Industries (ONRI) is protesting proposed Wind Energy projects off Coos Bay and Brookings and plans to hold a peaceful protest Thursday, Oct. 12, 5-6 p.m. and again on Friday, Oct. 13, 5-6 p.m. on the Bandon Boardwalk. According to ONRI’s website, “According to the Department of Energy, in order to capture the abundant wind resources available offshore, offshore turbines are one-and-a-half times the height of the Washington Monument, with blades the length of a football field. Deploying 30 GW of offshore wind will require over 2,000 wind turbines and foundations, 6,800 miles of cable, and dozens of specialized vessels. In the first year following the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, the domestic offshore wind industry invested $2.7 billion in ports, vessels, supply chain, and transmission. Oregon’s offshore wind farm will produce 2.6 gigawatts. How much will this cost in consumer electric costs, not to mention the maintenance and repair costs? Oregon uses over 48 million megawatt-hours (MWh) per year of electricity, which comes from a combination of hydroelectric (40%), coal (32%), natural gas (17%), land-based wind (7%), nuclear (3%), and other sources. NO WIND FARMS off of our Oregon Coast – You have until October 16, 2023 to make a public comment.”

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