By Editors of Power Engineering
The Redwood Coast Energy Authority has selected a consortium of companies to pursue the development of a floating wind energy project off the Northern California coast. The project will range from 100 to 150 MW and be developed more than 20 miles off the coast of Eureka. In a release, the consortium said the project will help encourage the development of further offshore energy projects near California.
“We have been very impressed and humbled by the respondents and the quality of the responses we received for this RFQ. Large development companies and energy players based in Europe and the US responded to the RFQ which helps confirm the attractiveness of Humboldt County as the potential starting point for an entire new industry,” said Matthew Marshall, Executive Director of the RCEA.
Huboldt County has average wind speeds of more than ten meters per second, which the consortium called the best off the coast of the state.
The consortium consists of Principle Power Inc., EDPR Offshore North America LLC, Aker Solutions Inc., H. T. Harvey & Associates and Herrera Environmental Consultants Inc.
These companies feature significant offshore wind lease application and permitting experience, a mature, cost-competitive and suitable floating wind technology for Humboldt County’s unique geography and a highly-capable team with the needed capacity to develop, finance, operate and build a supply chain to support this and future projects. RCEA and the selected consortium will be negotiating and finalizing a partnership agreement in the coming weeks, working toward the goal of submitting a lease application later this spring.