Port of Coos Bay eyes offshore wind business
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The Port of Coos Bay is in line as a staging area if an offshore wind pilot project receives federal funding.
The Port of Coos Bay could be home to a launch site and staging area for a an offshore wind energy developer, pending funding from the U.S. Department of Energy for a West Coast offshore wind demonstration site.
Martin Callery, chief communications officer for the port, said after a year of conversations with a company he can't name due to confidentiality agreements, the Coos Bay port signed an "exclusive negotiating agreement" to pursue a plan to establish a launch site.
"If the pilot is successful they will need a permanent service area and launch site," Callery said.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced last month it would make $180 million available for demonstration projects to prove the viability of offshore wind energy in the U.S. The agency is accepting applications through May from companies interested in taking advantage of the funding to develop pilot offshore wind sites. Funding awards are expected to be announced this fall.
The Coos Bay World reported last week that the opportunity has been dubbed "Project Effectuate" by the port.
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