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SOCAN Monthly Meeting: Oregon’s Proposed Floating Offshore Wind Project

July 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

With Oregon’s goal of 100% clean electricity by 2040, developing new renewable energy sources is critical, and offshore wind is one of these potential sources. Just as Oregon has world-class fish and timber resources, right offshore our southern Oregon and northern California coast blow some of strongest, most consistent, and most predictable winds in the world. Responsibly tapping into this energy resource could supply up to 3 gigawatts of electric power, enough to provide electricity to over half the homes in Oregon.

Many of us have seen onshore wind turbines, but far fewer people have seen or learned about offshore wind turbines, especially here on the west coast. Bottom mounted wind turbine arrays are operational off the coasts of Virginia, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. However, unlike the US East coast with a wide, shallow continental shelf, our continental shelf drops away rapidly making the ground-mounted turbines infeasible here. A new hybrid technology of floating turbines is quickly being developed and deployed around the world. Coos Bay and Brookings have been proposed as sites for these floating offshore wind arrays here in Oregon. Standing taller than the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge, roughly 200 turbines would be moored at least 18 miles (Brookings) or 30 miles (Coos Bay) offshore.

Dr. Bill Gorham, a member of the SOCAN Board of Directors, will update us at the SOCAN general monthly meeting in July on the status of Oregon’s floating offshore wind effort. Along with an update on the technical status, Bill will discuss concerns raised by tribes, fishing groups, and local residents about the proposed project and how these are being addressed.

SOCAN meets monthly in person with speakers on Topics related to climate change.

These meetings are free and open to the public. Specific details are posted monthly.

Details

Date:
July 30
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Series:
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Venue

Large Meeting Room, Medford Public Library
205 South Central
Medford, United States

Organizer

Kathy Conway
Email
kathy@socan.eco

Details

Date:
July 30
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Series:
Event Category:

Venue

Large Meeting Room, Medford Public Library
205 South Central
Medford, United States

Organizer

Kathy Conway
Email
kathy@socan.eco