A consortium of companies and a coastal energy authority has submitted a lease application to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to advance development of a floating offshore wind energy project 20 miles off the coast of Eurkea in northern California.
The Redwood Coastal Energy Authority (RCEA), Principle Power, EDPR Offshore North America and Aker Solutions have been working since 2017 to develop offshore wind potential off Humboldt County.
RCEA initiated a competitive process earlier this year and selected the consortium to enter into a public-private partnership to pursue the development of the proposed project.
The project is expected to bring significant economic benefits to the region in the form of jobs and increased spending in the local community and state of California. A longer-term goal of the project is for Humboldt Bay to become a central hub of a US west coast offshore wind industry.
RCEA board member and country supervisor Estelle Fennel said, “Humboldt County has much to gain by harnessing our offshore wind power potential.” She noted that the state of California set ambitious goals for clean energy this week with the signing of Senate Bill 100, which aims to ensure that the state obtains 100% of its electricity from clean energy by 2045.
The proposed lease area for the floating windfarm will support selection of a final project site for a 10-15 turbine project.
The authority said its project partners “bring the expertise needed to develop, finance, and operate projects as well as build an offshore wind energy supply chain.” It is working to bring the project online in 2024 and “unlock the extraordinary value of offshore wind energy for California.”