The West Coast Offshore Wind Transmission Study is a 20-month study to investigate transmission options that will support offshore wind development along the nation’s West Coast through 2050.
The study launched in May 2023 and is co-led by wind energy experts from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. It is funded through the Inflation Reduction Act and is overseen by the Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office.
In the study, researchers are evaluating ways to achieve offshore wind energy goals that support grid reliability and resilience as well as ocean co-use.
The objectives of the study are as follows:
The study is addressing gaps identified in a PNNL-developed report as a part of an earlier project, “West Coast Offshore Wind Transmission Literature and Gaps Analysis.”