US’s first floating wind farm could be built in North California
The Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), based in California, has chosen a group of companies to join a consortium that aims to develop a new offshore floating wind project.
The consortium, featuring Principle Power Inc., EDPR Offshore North America LLC, Aker Solutions Inc., H. T. Harvey & Associates, and Herrera Environmental Consultants Inc., will enter a public-private partnership.
“We have been very impressed and humbled by the respondents and the quality of the responses we received for this RFQ,” reported Matthew Marshall, RCEA’s Executive Director.
“Large development companies and energy players based in Europe and the U.S. responded to the RFQ which helps confirm the attractiveness of Humboldt County as the potential starting point for an entire new industry.”
The potential wind project has a 100-150MW capacity, to be located 20 miles from the city of Eureka, in North California’s Humboldt County.
The Humboldt County’s wind resource is the best in the state, with average wind speeds of more than 10 metres per second.
"We believe this project can represent a game changer for the industry in the U.S,” stated the President and CEO of Principle Power, Joao Metelo.
“The establishment of a public private partnership with a community-based energy provider like RCEA represents a unique opportunity to develop a project with strong foundations from the get-go, and to build a comprehensive launching pad for a successful industry in the West Coast.”
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.