Upwards of 1.3 billion people across the globe currently lack access to affordable and reliable electricity. Something we take for granted is missing from their lives, with dramatic consequences for human health, education, and economic well-being.
Three-and-a-half years ago I burst into tears when I read online that a Scandinavian company was fixing to put 200 windmills in Lake Michigan -- right in the lake, and fully visible from the sandy beaches of my Michigan childhood.
Twelve years after Jim Gordon, a New England developer of natural gas plants, launched his effort to build the country's first offshore wind project, the effort is mired in a bureaucratic tangle of permits, sign-offs and lawsuits.
You wouldn't mount your solar panels in the shade, would you? That would be dumb. Don't do the same with a wind turbine. Remember, both solar and wind are all about the size of the collector and the intensity of the resource.