EnBW Energie in Germany is expanding into the US offshore wind market, forming a joint venture with Trident Winds to develop a floating offshore windfarm off the coast of California.
“Several states in the US have set ambitious goals for offshore wind. EnBW will have a direct presence in this promising market to capture opportunities,” said EnBW’s head of generation portfolio development, Dirk Güsewell.
EnBW North America and Trident Winds in Seattle plan to develop the 650–1,000 MW Morro Bay offshore wind project off the central coast of California. It will have a grid connection in Morro Bay.
Together, the companies will work on the development of what could be the first large-scale floating offshore wind project in the country.
The initial focus of the joint venture is to obtain a lease for the site from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and secure a grid connection that became available following the shutdown of the Morro Bay power plant.