BOEM seeks Hawaiian interest
Offshore wind developers given chance to lodge Pacific proposals
US regulators expect to issue a call for interest in developing offshore wind projects in Hawaii later this summer.
The call is the next step in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) competitive lease process. Two developers, Progression Energy and Alpha Wind Energy, have already tossed their hats into the ring.
The call is a chance for other offshore wind companies to come forward. It will also seek public input, including comments on site conditions, resources and existing uses.
BOEM plans to outline recent and upcoming milestones at a Hawaii Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force meeting on 16 May. The agency will also present the areas it is considering for commercial leasing off Oahu.
Progression has planned a 400MW project while Alpha proposes to build a pair of 408MW wind farms. Both proponents plan to install turbines on Principle Power’s semi-submersible WindFloat foundations.
The developers hope to help Hawaii reach its renewable energy goal of 100% by 2045.
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