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First West Coast Offshore Wind Turbine Wins Approval

EcoBusiness : “The approval of a five-turbine, 30-megawatt (MW) pilot project off Coos Bay in Oregon was announced Wednesday by Gov. John Kitzhaber, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy Beaudreau. The farm would be about 15 miles from shore in about 1,400 feet of water.”  

“Seattle-based Principle Power  will use a floating wind turbine technology that has not been deployed in U.S. waters.”  

“Using statistics from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Interior estimates that the West Coast is capable of producing more than 800 gigawatts (GW) of wind energy—which equals more than three-quarters of the nation’s entire power generation capacity.”  

Crossposted at Wonk Wire.

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