Oregon offshore wind energy farm project announced

February 6, 2014 by  
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Oregon offshore wind energy farm project announced
February 05, 2014 19:33 GMT

By GOSIA WOZNIACKA Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The West Coast could see its first offshore wind energy farm in federal waters, 15 miles off the shore of Oregon’s Coos Bay.

The federal government is giving the green light to Seattle-based Principle Power, Inc., to submit a formal plan to build a 30-megawatt, five-turbine pilot wind farm using floating wind turbine technology.

The new project was announced at a press conference Wednesday by Gov. John Kitzhaber, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Tommy Beaudreau.

The U.S. still does not have any offshore wind farms, but several are in the works off the Atlantic coast. The Oregon project would be the first in the nation to use a floating structure to support the turbines.

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