Shell and Scottish Power join bid to build floating wind farms
Oregon and Scotland both have a world-class offshore wind resource capable of generating enough electricity to meet internal demands and become a significant exporter of clean energy. The prime areas for both Oregon and Scotland are further from the coast in deep water which required floating turbines to be developed.
The world's first utility scale demonstration of this new technology was deployed in Scotland several years ago and has revealed it can withstand the severe conditions of the North Sea and still deliver exceptional performance. Now the supply chain is lining up to help Scotland develop this unique natural resource.
FAA Clears Coos Bay for Development as Oregon’s First Wind Port
Some of the best wind resources in the USA are just 30 miles west of Coos Bay. Coos Bay is also the only deep water port between San Francisco and Portland. This makes it the ideal location as a regional hub for the rapidly growing offshore wind industry.
Proximity to the North Bend Airport raised potential concerns that FAA height restrictions might limit development of this industry in Coos Bay. A local company and a key prospective part of the supply chain requested a determination from the FAA about the feasibility of conducting assembly operations in the bay. The FAA completed a study and issued a determination that there would be no impact to aviation at the North Bend Airport. This paves the way for developers to consider Coos Bay as the optimum location for a wind port on Oregon’s southern coast.
New Bedford to add second offshore wind staging facility to waterfront
This brief story outlines the history of the port at New Bedford, Mass. It started as a whaling dock, became a coal-fired power plant for about 100 years and is now emerging as the staging area for the massive offshore wind farms being built in the area.
'A one-stop shop': Officials tout New Bedford's future offshore wind training facility
There are many other current articles about OSW and New Bedford, most of which have strong parallels with the opportunity at Coos Bay. For example, this one talks about a partnership between the local community college and Maersk (a former employer of mine) to offer courses in offshore wind engineering.
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President Biden pushes offshore wind
as green energy alternative
Wind energy costs, including both offshore and onshore wind, could decline 37–49 per cent by 2050
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