Offshore wind farms are coming to Oregon. Five floating turbines will soon be roughly 15 miles off the coast from Coos Bay. Offshore wind power is already in place in Europe and being developed in China, Japan and on the east coast of the US.
I wonder how this is going to play out. For better or worse, the wind energy business has changed the Oregon landscape. It's nearly impossible to travel the Columbia Plateau without seeing the massive white towers and their night-time red glow.
Their value is obvious though. A single wind farm in Morrow and Gilliam counties near Arlington is producing enough electricity to power more than 225,000 American homes.