On the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union address where he laid out actions to move the economy toward clean energy sources, reduce carbon pollution and create jobs, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced an important step forward for the first offshore wind project proposed for federal waters off the West Coast.
WindFloat Pacific Project
The WindFloat Pacific Project was proposed by Principle Power, Inc, in May 2013. The proposed lease request is approximately 15 nautical miles offshore Coos Bay, Oregon with an area of approximately 15 square miles. The project would consist of five 6.0 megawatt (MW) wind turbine generators mounted on floating foundations, anchored to the seafloor in 1,200 to 1,600 feet water depth. For more information about this project, click on the links below.
Pacific Marine Energy Center – South Energy Test Site (PMEC-SETS) Research Facility Project
The Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site (PMEC-SETS) Research Project was proposed by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC-OSU) at Oregon State University in June 2013. The proposed research lease request is approximately 5 nautical miles offshore Newport, Oregon with an area of approximately 33 square miles. The project would consist of four test locations, or ‘berths’ , to demonstrate the viability of wave energy off the U.S. by providing a grid-connected ocean test facility for prototype and utility scale wave energy devices. For more information about this project, click on the links below.
As part of the West Coast Governors Alliance (WCGA) on Ocean Health, a regional ocean partnership, Washington, Oregon and California have agreed to collaborate with the BOEM, Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and other agencies to evaluate the potential benefits and impacts of renewable ocean energy projects off the West Coast. An additional goal is to develop the planning and regulatory structure for these activities.
BOEM coordinates Outer Continental Shelf renewable energy activities with its federal, state, local, and tribal government partners through the Oregon Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force. BOEM also coordinates public information meetings to help keep interested stakeholders updated on major renewable energy milestones. To obtain information discussed during these meetings, click on the links below.
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