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Study indicates wind could generate SC energy

Oct 20, 2010 7:26:00 AM - thestate.com
Officials say there's enough wind blowing off the South Carolina coast to generate a lot of electricity.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported a panel discussed wind energy potential at a forum in North Charleston on Tuesday. The forum comes after a yearlong study of wind at six buoys off the coast of Myrtle Beach and Georgetown.

Elizabeth Kress with the state-owned utility Santee Cooper says a wind turbine farm could generate enough electricity to serve hundreds of thousands of homes. But Kress says the wind would not be available full time.

Paul Gayes with the Center for Marine and Wetlands Study at Coastal Carolina University says the next step is to build a demonstration wind turbine.

Clemson University breaks ground Oct. 28 on a $100 million wind-turbine lab at the old Charleston Navy base.

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