Adding an extra boost to emerging offshore wind in California, the California Energy Commission approved a $10.5 million grant for upgrades at the port of Humboldt. Initially, 1.6 gigawatts of floating wind turbines are expected to be sited 30 miles off the North Coast in federal waters.
The 168-acre port will be the site of the Humboldt Bay Offshore Wind Heavy Lift Marine Terminal, which can handle massive wind turbine blades and other parts, plus heavy cargo vessels. The new public money goes mainly to a new marine wharf and berths but the hope is that the port will be a floating turbine manufacturing and repair hub.
The port is working closely not only with the CEC but also the Redwood Coastal Energy Authority and private wind developers.