RCEA exploring offshore wind farm


EUREKA – In what could be a boon for the environment and the economy, Redwood Coast Energy Authority is in the early stages of developing a wind farm off the coast.
“Humboldt County has actually got one of the best offshore wind resources in the entire country,” said RCEA Executive Director Matthew Marshall.
In October, the Authority agreed to a memorandum of understanding with Emeryville-based Principle Power to explore development of a floating wind farm.
The fifteen turbines could generate 120 mega watts of energy or enough to power 70,000 homes.
Still in its conceptual phase, the site would be about twenty miles off shore.
RCEA is working with stakeholders, including the fishing community and environmental groups, to identify and overcome any negative impacts.
The abundance of offshore wind is only one of the factors working in Humboldt County’s favor. Another is the U.S. Navy’s opposition to similar developments in all waters south of San Francisco.
Marshall says land prices and ease of access to the bay make Humboldt County an attractive location for this kind of wind farm.
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