Offshore Wind Project? Don’t Forget the Onshore Component
Wind turbines floating offshore of California trigger the need for various federal, state, and local approvals, the writers at Windpower Engineering & Development warn. While most of the industry’s focus is on securing a federal lease, locating the turbines and subsea transmission cables, and addressing impacts to wildlife, developers shouldn’t lose sight of needing permits for onshore facilities in the coastal zone. Onshore components include the export cable route, burying the cable underneath any beaches, roads, or parks, as well as any interconnection hardware needed. The article provides more information on permitting requirements in California.