Deep-sea wind power town hall meeting

September 23 6:00 PM North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave. 541.267.7678
Renewable energy technology developer Principle Power will host a Town Hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23, at the North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave., to update the community on the proposed WindFloat Pacific Demonstration Project.
Principle Power has received a $4 million financial award from the U.S. Department of Energy and has begun project outreach, engineering design and initial project permitting for installation of five semi-submersible floating foundations outfitted with 6MW direct-drive offshore wind turbines approximately 15-18 miles offshore of Coos Bay.
The company will provide information about the WindFloat and a status update on the proposed WindFloat Pacific project, in addition to discussion of questions related to research and future opportunities for public comment. The WindFloat is a floating foundation for wind turbines that enables strategic placement to minimize impacts to ocean users and natural resources, while capitalizing on the highest capacity wind resources.
In addition, there will be representatives from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) of Seattle. One of 10 national labs managed by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, PNNL leads the identification and risk-based assessment of environmental effects of offshore wind energy development, while also contributing significant resources for atmospheric science research.
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