US advances Oregon offshore project

The US Interior Department (DOI) says it has given a green light to developer Principle Power to submit a formal plan to build a 30MW pilot project using floating wind turbine technology off Oregon’s Pacific Ocean coast.

The WindFloat Pacific Project would be located in federal waters about 16 nautical miles (29.6km) west of Coos Bay in about 1,200 feet (365.7 meters) of water. The proposed lease area covers about 15 square miles (38.8sq km).

It is designed to generate 30MW of electricity from five "WindFloat" units, each equipped with a 6MW wind turbine. The units would be connected by electrical cables and have a single transmission line to bring power to the mainland.

It would be the first offshore wind project proposed off the west coast of the United States.

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