Principle Energy gains support for 30 MW offshore wind project

Southern Oregon Ocean Resource Coalition, a group of fisherman and marine advocates, recently announced its support for Principle Power's plans for a 30-megawatt wind energy field off the Southern coast of Oregon called Project Effectuate. 

According to Coos Bay World, Principle Energy received a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and is one of seven wind technology demonstrations selected by the department.

Principle hopes to install five 6-megawatt wind turbines off the Oregon coast with the turbine blades installed in Coos Bay and the platforms launched from the North Spit, the report stated. 

Principle Energy plans to install the wind farm  in federal waters outside state jurisdiction to avoid conflict with commercial fishermen on the south coast of the state.

According to the article, the platforms for the farm would be anchored in water depths of approximately 1,000 feet.

Coos Bay World said construction of the wind project was proposed as a separate proposal from a liquefied natural gas export terminal on the North Spit of Coos Bay named the Jordan Cove Energy Project. If the wind farm project moves forward, it would benefit from cost-saving infrastructure provided by the Jordan Cove project. 

Visit PennEnergy's research area to learn more about the offshore wind market.

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