Energy and Natural Resources

Joint Venture to Pursue Offshore Wind in California

12 June 2018

Germany-based EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG is forming a joint venture with Trident Winds Inc. to develop an offshore wind project off the coast of central California.

EnBW North America and Seattle, Washington-based Trident plan to advance a 650–1,000 megawatt (MW) "Morro Bay" offshore wind project off the central coast of California with a grid connection in Morro Bay.

The companies will work to develop the proposed floating offshore wind project. EnBW says that floating offshore wind opens new areas with greater water depth and better wind conditions. The joint venture partners will work to obtain the site lease from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and on securing the grid connection, which became available following the shutdown of the Morro Bay power plant in 2014.

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy published a wind study, which contemplates 22 gigawatts (GW) of wind energy deployment by 2030 and 86 GW by 2050.

In early April, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority selected Principle Power Inc., EDPR Offshore North America LLC, Aker Solutions Inc., H. T. Harvey & Associates and Herrera Environmental Consultants Inc. to pursue development of up to 150 MW of wind energy capacity off the northern California coast.

If built, the proposed project would be more than 20 miles off the coast of Eureka, California. The project scope envisions using turbines of up to 8 MW in capacity and in water depths as great as 900 meters.

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