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California floating wind plans, need transmission rethink

When we talk to people about something as simple as forecasting a technology like floating wind, they list deals which are in development. When you look at California, it is well understood that Humboldt County has some of the strongest winds and is on course to emerge as a large floating wind farm or two at some point. But this week seems to be the first time that anyone has realized that the job includes getting the energy not just to the shore, but to somewhere that can use it and given that it is a five hour drive to San Francisco, that means either a massive transmission upgrade or a huge undersea cable. If the designated areas offshore at…

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