Leases sought to test wind turbines off Ga. coast

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Southern Co. has asked the U.S. Department of the Interior for ocean leases off the coasts of Jekyll Island and Savannah to erect research towers to determine the feasibility of constructing offshore wind turbines.

FILE - In this July 11, 2006 file photo, a vessel sails towards a wind farm off the coast of Whitstable on the north Kent coast in southeastern England.  AP
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FILE - In this July 11, 2006 file photo, a vessel sails towards a wind farm off the coast of Whitstable on the north Kent coast in southeastern England.

The Atlanta-based company wants to construct towers to support equipment to measure wind speeds and directions, hurricane resistance and to gather other data determine if wind turbines may be viable as an alternative energy source in Georgia.

A two-year study the company conducted with Georgia Tech found favorable conditions for wind turbine technology five miles off Georgia' coast, where average wind speed was 16 to 17 mph.

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weekapaug05
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weekapaug05 05/07/10 - 08:41 am
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How well do these things hold

How well do these things hold up to hurricane force winds?

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RoadkiII 05/07/10 - 10:02 am
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I says in the article that

I says in the article that hurricanes are one of the things they want to study. Renewable energy and objects that will lead to formation of reefs. OK greenies, shoot this one down.

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Jonathan Dozier 05/07/10 - 10:10 am
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Here, a company says its

Here, a company says its tripod towers on the Gulf Coast can handle 150-200 mph gusts:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94568478
The story implies single-pole towers aren't as strong but doesn't give details.

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OJP 05/07/10 - 10:14 am
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I like this idea. And I think

I like this idea. And I think they add to the scenery, not detract from it.

Chillen
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Chillen 05/07/10 - 11:43 am
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I hope they can make it work

I hope they can make it work without government money of course, they do look kinda cool.

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