There have been serious debates and negotiations about the possibility of building windmills on the coasts of the Delaware and Maryland States. During the warm months of the year, this tourist area blooms in the population of around 500,000 people and their efforts in Ocean City, MD through conventions and festivals have made it almost a year of destination.
With these crowds there is the need for a lot of electrical energy and the question of how to supply it. The recent attempts to build windmills in the upper part of some Western Maryland mountains failed mainly because the huge structures were going to see the beautiful current views.
The mills that are contemplated for the oceanic waters would be almost 25 storeys tall. They are likely to be located at least 3 miles off the coast where federal waters begin, but they would probably be closer to 12 miles off the coast to avoid them. The compensation would mean a higher cost for additional wiring needed to increase the distance to the sea, but this would have a minimal impact on the main reason why people go to this region, which is, of course, sand, surfing and the sun
The governors of Maryland and Delaware support the idea, like the representatives of the government of Ocean City, as long as the windmills are out of sight. However, it must also be taken into account that it is the environment and how these structures can affect the wildlife of the ocean. There is practical knowledge about the potential impact, since windmills have been used on the coasts of England and Belgium for several years without significant impact on the environment.
With a free and abundant supply of wind that does not have to affect the values of industry or property, it seems a winning scenario for many people. And who knows that maybe these giant fanatics could move forward to fly nearby hurricanes or increase the size of the wave to allow great opportunities for navigation. . . or not