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1) the Google plan is rather confusing for now,and bad journalism doesn't help. They made an announcement to invest in an offshore transmission line, which seems more like a gambit to do onshore transmission via a simpler (easier to permit) route than anything else; and they vaguely talked about investing in offshore wind farms.

The two are not really related as offshore windfarms need individual cables to shore anyway (because of their size and the typical carrying power of cables) and I fail to see how an offshore "superhighway" would help them (or would be paid by them).

But journalists have happily conflated the two and mixed up investments numbers, demonstrating once more than they do not understand what they are talking about.

But Google gets a lot of publicity, I guess.

Wind power

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 03:39:29 AM EST
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Here's Peter Asmus's take.

Interesting to learn that the Goog invested in kite turbine technology, which is about a sensible as investing in harnessing jet wash at airports.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 04:27:10 AM EST
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