West Coast’s First Offshore Wind Energy Coming to Oregon
The quickly receding depth of the Pacific Ocean along the West Coast makes it more difficult to use the anchored turbine technology used along the East Coast. So a new 30-megawatt pilot project will use five floating turbines, 15 miles off the coast near Oregon's Coos Bay. The turbines will send electricity back to dry land using a single power cable.
Seattle-based Principle Power is developing the project. Principle Power received a $4 million grant from the Department of Energy to help fund the project.