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U.S.’s First Offshore Wind Farm Means Opportunity for Northwest

Progress off the shore of Rhode Island is paving the way for a potential floating offshore wind farm off Coos Bay, Oregon. The deeper continental shelf on the West Coast makes securing turbines more difficult, but a Seattle company has been testing floating turbine technology for a period of time. They recently gained federal approval to build a floating wind farm 15 miles off the coast of Coos Bay. The company expects the turbines to generate enough electricity to power 8,000 homes.

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