Offshore Wind Turbine Impacts to Marine
Mammals and Sea Turtles
Bottom Line: Wind turbine arrays will impact certain marine mammals and sea turtles with individual species being affected by different factors and at different levels. There are mitigations to minimize these effects1
Energy Resource: Harnessing Oregon's coast winds
Oregon State University (OSU) will receive a $2 million grant from the Department of Energy to study the impact of offshore winds on the environment.
Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden have announced the wind study grant.
World’s largest floating offshore wind farm becomes operational
The 50MW Kincardine Offshore Windfarm
— the world’s largest floating project to date— has been brought online.
Located in 60-80 metre depths in the North Sea, 15km off Aberdeenshire, Scotland, it comprises five Vestas V164-9.5 MW turbines and one V80-2 MW turbine, mounted on WindFloat semi-submersible platforms.
The 9.5MW turbines are the largest ever installed on floating platforms and together, they should generate in excess of 200GWh annually. The wind farm will be operated and maintained from Aberdeen.
Fishing advocates appeal BOEM Vineyard Wind approval
Saying the Northeast fishing industry has been “systematically marginalized in the permitting process,” the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance sued the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Monday over its July 15 approval of the Vineyard Wind offshore wind energy project.
The group, a coalition of fishermen and coastal communities, filed a petition for review in the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals challenging the permit for the 800-megawatt project off southern Massachusetts.
Japanese Firm Unveils Ship Dedicated to Storing and Transmitting Offshore Wind Power
A Japanese firm has set out to shake up energy storage and transmission with a freshly launched “power transfer vessel” concept that is designed to carry electricity from offshore wind farms to shore. The company’s first electric ship model, which will have an energy storage capacity of 200 MWh, is slated for completion in 2025.
Communities With Benefits
A community benefits bidding program allows public agencies to only accept construction bids from contractors paying living wages and full time benefits. Unions say they are a game changer.
Grays Harbor Wind
We’re on a mission to deliver offshore wind energy to the State of Washington and provide economic opportunities for current and future generations in the Grays Harbor community.
DNV to Study Safety and Risks of Offshore Green Hydrogen Production
The concept of green hydrogen production linked to offshore wind farms is going to take a major step forward as DNV launches an effort to identify and analyze the main environmental, safety, and operational risks associated with one of the world’s first offshore green hydrogen production projects.
Oregon Bill Aims for Three GW of Floating Offshore Wind by 2030
A Republican state senator has introduced a bill to set up a floating wind task force for the state of Oregon, aiming to promote commercial-scale floating wind farms off the southern coastline by 2030.
Plummeting costs spur Oregon floating wind activity
As U.S. researchers predict dramatic falls in floating wind costs in Oregon, key stakeholders are tackling critical transmission and public consultation challenges.
Wind Power In Oregon
Wind energy is captured when blowing wind moves turbine blades around a rotor, which turns a shaft that spins a generator and transforms mechanical energy into electricity.
Feds agree to open up Pacific Coast areas for wind turbine farms; 1 south of Oregon border at Humboldt
California and the U.S. government announced an agreement Tuesday to open up areas off the state’s central and northern coasts to the first commercial wind energy farms on the Pacific Coast.
U.S., California Look to Develop Wind Farms Off Pacific Coast
Federal and state officials are working to develop two wind farm sites off the coast of California, which they say could ultimately generate enough electricity to power about 1.6 million homes.