President Obama announces plan for federal government to triple renewable energy use

by Cassady Sharp

December 5, 2013

Borkum Riffgat, also known as OWP Riffgat is an offshore wind farm under construction 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) to the north-west of the German island of Borkum. The wind turbines are built across an area of 6 square kilometres (2.3 sq mi). It will consist of 30 turbines with a total capacity of 108 megawatt (MW), and is expected to generate enough electricity for 112,000 households. The project will entail investment of around ¬480 million (US$616 million). Baustelle EWE Offshore Windpark Borkum Riffgat. 11 Turbinen auf der Baustelle EWE Offshore Windpark Borkum Riffgat in der Zwoelf Seemeilen Zone in der Deutsche Nordsee ca 15 km nordwestlich Insel Borkum. Nach Fertigstellung produzieren 30 Windmuehlen ( Siemens Wind Power SWT 3.6 120) je 3.6 Megawatt Strom im ersten kommerziell betriebenen Park Deutsche Nordsee.

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The federal government consumes a huge amount of energy. Today President Obama announced a plan for the federal government to triple its use of renewable energy sources by 2020, making up for 20 percent of its energy needs. Read the full story.

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