08 Jul '15, 9am

Floating Wind Turbines Hit Rough Seas

Floating Wind Turbines Hit Rough Seas

A pilot project to bring floating wind turbines to the Oregon coast hit a snag when two investor-owned utilities balked at the above-market rates they would have had to pay for the electricity, according to a report by the website BreakingEnergy.com. The 30-megawatt WindFloat Pacific project proposed for a site about 20 miles off Coos Bay, Oregon, would have included five floating turbines. But the state's largest investor-owned utilities, Pacific Power and Portland General Electric, weren't willing to pay for electricity that costs three or four times as much as onshore wind-generated power, typically about 5 cents a kilowatt hour. UtilityDive.com reported that the rates in Oregon could have been as high as 35 cents per kWh. A bill in the Oregon legislature would have required the utilities to buy the electricity anyway, but the proposal never became law. Now the Departme...

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