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First Floating U.S. Wind Farm May Be Built Off California Coast

  • Project chosen by energy agency to build floating wind farm
  • Project may generate as much as 150 megawatts of electricity
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A project off Northern California’s coast is vying to become America’s first commercial-scale floating wind farm.

An agency that leads sustainable energy efforts for cities and counties along the state’s Redwood Coast chose a consortium of companies -- including Energias de Portugal SA’s EDPR Offshore North America LLC and Principle Power Inc. -- to build a floating wind farm that may generate as much as 150 megawatts of power, according to a statement from EDPR. The group was one of six bidders, it said.