Palm Springs: Cierco files its Expression of Interest to the BOEM site call along the California coastline. The calls by BOEM is a response to lease applications received for a project site in Humboldt Bay area and two sites further south at Morro Bay and Diablo Canyon. CIERCO looks forward to participating in the market although there are some significant hurdles ahead given the complexity of the California environment and important interests from the Department of Defence, Natural Protection Areas, commercial fisheries, shipping and recreational activities alongside fundamental grid connection and wind issues.
Marc Murray, Project Director says: “The Californian market is in its infancy. We need to work within regulatory environment and engage with stakeholders to focus project towards where it achieves sustainable production at lowest cost. This requires the most suitable technology to reach the lowest cost working with both State and Federal legislators, to shape a marketplace where the floating wind component can thrive. Our approach seeks to achieve the right balance of meeting commercial concerns whilst ensuring that value, in the form of social and economic benefits are delivered to the community hosting deployment.