First U.S. floating wind farm planned for California - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  April 6, 2018

First U.S. floating wind farm planned for California

A consortium of five companies has been selected by the Redwood Coast Energy Authority in northern California to construct a 100-150 MW floating wind farm off the coast of Eureka, Calif.

According to a report in Utility Dive, the project is being led by EDP Renewables and Principle Energy Inc. The report noted that the bulk of efforts to develop an offshore wind industry had been concentrated on the East Coast. However, led by Humboldt County, the RCEA is looking to act as a "prospective stepping stone for the offshore wind energy industry on the West Coast."

Among the advantages cited for Humboldt County is ample wind with average speeds of more than 10 meters per second. The proposed project could have a capacity of up to 150 MW and would be located more than 20 miles off Eureka’s coast.

On the East Coast, plans continue for the development of offshore wind projects, including those in New York State, Massachusetts and Connecticut, with New Jersey expected to join as well.

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