Wind Farm: Dept. of Transportation Awards 426.7 million to Humboldt Bay Harbor District

Source: CalMatters


The funds would help California ports expand to handle giant wind turbines and other equipment. California’s first offshore wind farms are on a fast track off Humboldt County and Morro Bay. In Humboldt County, some federal grants have been awarded to develop its small port for wind farms. The federal Department of Transportation last month awarded the Humboldt Bay harbor district  $426.7 million to build a new marine terminal where turbines can be assembled and transported.

In a step toward building the first massive wind farms off California’s coast, three Assemblymembers today proposed a $1 billion bond act to help pay for the expansion of ports.

The bill, if approved, would place a bond before voters aimed at helping ports build capacity to assemble, construct and transport wind turbines and other large equipment. Long Beach and Humboldt County have plans to build such expansion projects. 

Port expansion is considered critical to the viability of offshore wind projects, which are a key component of the state’s ambitious goal to switch to 100% clean energy. The California Energy Commission projects that offshore wind farms will supply 25 gigawatts of electricity by 2045, powering 25 million homes and providing about 13% of the power supply.

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