WAMU 88.5 : News

Google's Investment Could Pressure Lawmakers To Act On Offshore Wind

Play associated audio

Google has announced it will lead a group of private investors in funding hundreds of miles of underwater transmission lines, linking future offshore wind farms to the Eastern seaboard. Google’s involvement could put added pressure on Maryland lawmakers.

Instead of each offshore wind farm building its own costly transmission line to connect the turbines to the mainland, Google’s smart grid will help bring down the costs for initial installation of wind farms, and eventually, lower the rates for customers by essentially providing an offshore power strip that everyone can plug into.

Mike Tidwell of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network believes Google’s investment could be a wake-up call for lawmakers in Annapolis.

“The fact that Google is willing to potentially put billions of dollars into offshore wind basically signals to Maryland that we have to keep up,” says Tidwell.

Maryland lacks laws similar to ones passed in Massachusetts and Delaware which are helping put those states near the front of the pack in the country’s race to go green.

WAMU 88.5

Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

NPR

The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.
WAMU 88.5

What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

NPR

Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.