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What Wind Power Will Cost Off Oregon's Coast

What an offshore wind farm looks like.

The coast of Southern Oregon does not have a lot of people, but it has more than enough wind.  And it is a likely place for electrical generation from wind power, especially offshore. 

The deeper water where the wind is would probably require floating offshore wind turbines.  These and other findings are contained in a report from the National Renewable Energy Lab on the feasibility and the cost of making electricity from wind in Oregon.  Walter Musial at NREL was the lead author on the study; he is our guest.  And the price tag? He says an offshore installation will likely cost a Billion dollars or more.

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