EUREKA, California – Northern California energy authority RCEA and a consortium of private companies, including Aker Solutions and Principle Power, have submitted a lease application to advance the first commercial scale project for floating offshore wind in the United States.
The application for the offshore wind energy development off the coast of Humboldt county in Northern California has been submitted to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).
In April of this year, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) selected a consortium which includes Aker Solutions, Principle Power and EDPR Offshore to enter into a public-private partnership to pursue the development of the proposed project.
The 100-150 megawatt (MW) floating offshore wind farm is planned to be located more than 30 km off the coast of Eureka and expected online in 2024. The objective is to help unlock the value of offshore wind energy for California.
Aker Solutions says that its experience with regard to floating systems, subsea umbilicals and power cables and offshore power systems allows for an offshore wind energy capability that covers the entire lifecycle of a floating offshore wind farm. Together, the project partners bring the expertise needed to develop, finance and operate the project as well as build an offshore wind energy supply chain.