Oregon webinar considers a floating future

4C Offshore | James Bernthal-Hooker
By: 04/10/2021 BOEM
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in the USA has announced the next step in its Oregon Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force. A webinar on 21st October 2021 will update task force members on offshore wind energy planning within the region and studies that have been taken out in its name. This is the first meeting of the task force since June 2020.

Also under discussion will be next steps towards making plans to lease offshore wind energy areas off the state of Oregon a reality.

In its announcement, BOEM stated: ‘
Members of the public are invited to listen, and there will be an opportunity for public input after the close of the morning and afternoon sessions. Written input may be submitted in advance of the meeting via email to Bianca Valdez (bvaldez@kearnswest.com) with the subject line "10/21 BOEM Task Force Public Input" by October 19, 2021.’

Recently, Oregon’s Governor Brown signed into law House Bill 3375, which targets 3 GW of offshore wind commissioned and grid-connected by 2030. Because of the deep waters involved, this will almost certainly be floating wind.

Under the legislation, the Department of Energy will conduct a study into the benefits and challenges of integrating 3 GW into the grid. BOEM continues to collect data and is looking at areas in federal waters less than 1.3 km deep. The average wind speed in these areas is at least 7 m/s.

If all goes well, we could see draft call areas as soon as next year.

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