Free, Unlimited Electricity Anyone?
The time is upon us for major changes in the way we approach our energy use and we have been caught flat-footed. The world needs solutions yesterday and many of the alternative energy options are either too expensive or the technology has not evolved enough to give us an efficient and effective solution today.
We should not sit and wait for these technologies to evolve or spend ourselves silly trying to meet demand. There is an answer to solve our energy problems available right now that is both efficient and relatively inexpensive, ocean wave power.
Buoys bob up and down in the water generating electricity that is sent back to shore in a cable running along the ocean floor. It is estimated that a ten mile by ten mile buoy farm will produce enough electricity to meet the current demands of the entire state of California which needs many nuclear power plants to try to keep up.
Power buoys should be purchased by the County of Hawaii to provide free power. Why should we have to pay someone for the power of our own waves? Hawaii has some of the most powerful waves in the world. Hawaii county has the opportunity to not only implement a new system but to also own the system.
THE HAWAI‘I COUNTY ENERGY SUSTAINABILITY PLAN states, "A 1992 report prepared for the Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism estimates that capturing just 5-10% of the total available offshore wave energy Hawai‘i Island could meet the total electricity demand in 1992. The underlying idea remains valid: the energy contained in the waves around the island is theoretically capable of supplying all or most of Hawai‘i County’s total
The County of Hawaii could buy the buoys outright and start a wave farm miles from shore, away from any shipping lanes, and run power lines on the ocean floor to the island. The buoys create fish friendly habitats and will help us re-build our native fish population at the same time. Think of each buoy as a typical oil well. The more we put out there, the more power we get. We could supply all the power needs of our island but the rest of the state as well.
The cost for this system would be small, maybe only a $25/year increase in property taxes for each home owner and $15/year for each vacant land parcel. That could be all the capital needed to get the project going. Wouldn't you pay that much to have an endless supply of electricity? Would you want to buy an electric car and stop buying gas altogether? It is easy to see why we would want the county to own and expand this system for the good of all of our local residents and businesses.
Think of the possibilities of free unlimited power for a moment. Our hotels could lower rates, we could stop burning coal for power, start manufacturing products that take a lot of power to produce, the island could eventually build a monorail system that would only carry the cost of maintenance and construction. The county could afford to clean and deliver water to everyone on the island with the proceeds of our energy exports.
Some may say we need to use solar power but it is far too expensive and inefficient to meet our level of need. Wind power requires the purchase of land and turbines could only be placed in certain areas. Ethanol, switch grass, or other agricultural forms of alternative energy are now exacerbating problems of global hunger. Ethanol is not a solution, they are another problem. Harnessing wave power means utilizing empty ocean wherever it is convenient.
More information can be seen online at http://www.oceanpowertechnologies.com
. There you will find out how a power buoy company's buoy is powering a Marine Corps base on Oahu, Atlantic City, NJ, and Santona, Spain today. This energy solution is real and ready for wide-scale deployment. The real question is what would it take for us to make a change?