Equinor Names California Floating Wind Project

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Equinor Names California Floating Wind Project

Equinor announced the name of the floating offshore wind project off the coast of California, Wind of the Atlas. The lease area, located 60 miles from Morro Bay, has the capacity to provide more than 2GW of reliable, renewable power, enough to power 1.7 million homes in California when complete.

California is poised to become a growing force in the US energy transition with a nation-leading target of 25GW of offshore wind power by 2045.

Approximately two-thirds of Offshore wind energy potential in the United States lies in deep offshore waters, such as the Pacific Ocean, where water depths reach 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) or more. Water depths of this magnitude are too deep for traditional bottom foundations, and instead require floating offshore wind technology.

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Equinor is also the developer of the world’s first floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Scotland, and the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Tampen in the North Sea.

In addition to the state’s commitment to renewable energy sources, offshore wind increases solar energy by strengthening reliability at night, when solar generation decreases and user demand increases. The passage of new legislation, establishing a centralized procurement system, paves the way forward for affordable, diverse, and clean energy sources for residents and further development of the infrastructure needed to promote coastal wind industry.

“California has some of the best offshore wind resources in the country and support from state leadership to deliver on these offshore wind goals,” he said. Martin Goff, Project Director, Atlas Wind at Equinor. “More than providing energy reliability, offshore wind will create equal opportunities through jobs and investment in the state. While this is just the beginning of our progress with Atlas Wind, we have already begun to interact with with local residents, the fishing industry, and tribal communities and committed to continued outreach as we progress the project.

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In 2024, marine and aerial wildlife surveys will begin in the leased area, which will provide the data needed to guide understanding of the sea floor and marine habitats. Equinor’s team continues to meet with residents, the fishing industry, and tribal communities in preparation for survey activities for Atlas Wind.

The United States is a key market for Equinor’s growing offshore wind portfolio. On the East Coast, through a joint venture with bp the company is growing Empire Wind and Beacon Wind. When completed, the projects will provide 3.3 GW of wind power offshore New York, or enough to power 2 million homes.

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