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Feature Article: Wind Farms

Wind Farm proposed for lower Central Coast

BY MERIT McCREA/WON Staff Writer Published: Feb 01, 2019

MORRO BAY/AVILA — Up along the lower Central Coast, Morro Bay and Avila Beach the talk was about the proposal from Trident Winds LLC the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) had received. Proposed for more than 20 miles offshore, it would be comprised of tethered floating wind turbines. (BOEM is one of two daughter agencies the MMS was divided into following the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.)


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PHOTO COURTESY OF ANN SCARBOROUGH BULL, PhD, UNIVERSITY OF SANTA BARBARA

For more information on the proposal and other wind energy developments in California, visit www.boem.gov/California.


The recreational fishing community wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, except it was a bit worrisome with regard to the potential to lose access somehow. But no one was sure exactly how that might happen.


The result might instead be a boon for offshore fishing with the wind turbines serving as FADs. On the other hand, if Homeland Security concerns resulted in the creation of a no-go zone in the middle of the historic albacore area instead, that would not be good at all.


Other experienced mariners have felt the idea was a bit naive with regard to the level of maintenance that would be required to keep such devices running in such a challenging environment.


Some have cited the state of disrepair many California wind turbines have fallen to, in much more readily accessible and benevolent environments. Yet such devices are in service in other marine regions of the world, although generally in much shallower waters.


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