Oregon recognizes the
merits of studying and planning for offshore wind, though it has not committed
to deployment targets. HB
3375 (2021) requires ODOE to develop a legislative report that identifies
the benefits and challenges of integrating up to 3 GW of floating offshore wind
The Floating Offshore Wind Study will consist of a literature review by ODOE of relevant studies, followed by structured engagement with stakeholders.
Pursuant to the law, ODOE's study will involve:
- Literature review on the benefits and challenges of integrating up to 3 GW of floating offshore wind into Oregon's electric grid by 2030.
- Development of prompting questions to help gather input from stakeholders on the topics identified in the literature review, including reliability, state renewable energy goals, jobs, equity and resilience.
- Convening, at minimum, two public meetings with interested stakeholders to provide a summary of the literature review and to gather feedback on key topics.
- Submitting a final report to the Legislature that summarizes the key findings from the literature review and stakeholder consultation, as well as opportunities for future study and engagement.
HB 3375 calls for broad stakeholder engagement with state, regional and national entities, and lists several specific stakeholders to consult with, including but not limited to:
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- Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
- Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon)
- Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Oregon Public Utility Commission
- Northwest Power and Conservation Council
- Bonneville Power Administration
- Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- United States Department of Defense
about the study. The final report is due to the Legislature by September 15, 2022.
Meetings & Opportunities for Input
ODOE will convene meetings to provide information and opportunities for feedback between January - May 2022. Materials and log-in information will be published below prior to the meetings.
ODOE is reviewing the following existing studies and reports through its literature review. A summary will be available soon, including some prompting questions for stakeholder consideration.
National Offshore Wind Strategy, U.S. DOE, Sept. 2016
2016 Offshore Wind Energy Resource Assessment for the U.S., NREL, Sept. 2017
2018 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report, U.S. DOE, 2018
The Economic Value of Offshore Wind Power in California, E3, Aug. 2019
Oregon Offshore Wind Site Feasibility and Cost Study, NREL, Oct. 2019
Exploring the Grid Value Potential of Offshore Wind Energy in Oregon, PNNL, May 2020
California North Coast Offshore Wind Studies, Reports 1 – 24, Schatz Energy Research Center, Sept. to Dec. 2020
A Systematic Evaluation of Wind's Capacity Credit in the Western United States, Wind Energy, Feb. 2021
California's Offshore Wind Electricity Opportunity, University of Southern California Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, Aug. 2021
Climate Change Impacts on Wind Energy Generation in Ireland, Wind Energy, Aug. 2021
Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (JIP) Reports, Phase I - III Summary Reports, Carbon Trust, 2016 - Current
- Floating Offshore Wind in Oregon: Potential for Jobs and Economic Impacts from Two Future Scenarios, NREL, May 2016
- Floating Offshore Wind in Oregon: Potential for Jobs and Economic Impacts in Oregon Coastal Counties from Two Future Scenarios, NREL, May 2016
- Potential Earthquake, Landslide, Tsunami and Geo-Hazards for the U.S. Offshore Pacific Wind Farms, BOEM/BSEE, May 2020
- Global Wind Energy Report 2021, Global Wind Energy Council, Mar. 2021
- Offshore Wind Market Report: 2021 Edition, U.S. DOE, Aug. 2021
- Offshore Wind to Green Hydrogen – Insights from Europe, CESA, Oct. 2021