Way cleared for floating wind turbines off Oregon coast

Washington-based Principle Power has been cleared by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to begin implementation work on its 30-MW floating turbine offshore wind energy demonstration project.

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Principle Power Inc. (Seattle, Wash., USA) reported on Feb. 6 that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released its finding that there are no competitive interests for the offshore area of Oregon where Principle Power has requested a commercial lease for its WindFloat Pacific project.

This finding clears the way under BOEM’s non-competitive leasing process for Principle Power to submit an implementation plan for the 30-MW project. WindFloat Pacific will demonstrate floating offshore wind technology and is one of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) seven Offshore Wind Advanced Technology Demonstration Projects

The proposed lease area is located approximately 18 miles offshore Coos Bay, Oregon, and covers approximately 15 miles2/39 km2, though the final project footprint will be significantly smaller. WindFloat Pacific is the first offshore wind project proposed for the West Coast of the United States and will feature Principle Power’s patented floating foundation technology, the WindFloat. Principle Power has successfully operated a WindFloat prototype (WF1) offshore of Portugal since 2011 and has delivered more than 8.4 GWh of wind energy to the local grid.

“We are particularly grateful to Secretary Jewell for her interest in the WindFloat and this project, this determination represents another crucial milestone for the WindFloat Pacific project,” says Kevin Banister, vice president of business development and government affairs for Principle Power and the WindFloat Pacific project manager. “We look forward to continuing to work with BOEM, agencies and community stakeholders as we prepare our plans for the project.”

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