Richmond port ‘a good candidate’ to support state’s offshore wind energy plans

Richmond port 'a good candidate' to support state's offshore wind energy plans
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As part of ambitious plans to combat climate change, the State of California aims to deploy 25 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2045. To that end, the state will need help from its ports — including Richmond’s — to help construct the floating offshore wind turbines and their components.

That’s the subject of an upcoming presentation at Richmond City Council this coming Tuesday. A port consultant has been called to present about the possibility.

“Various state and federal studies show that the Port of Richmond is a good candidate site to support the offshore wind industry,” city officials state in agenda documents. “There are opportunities for the Port of Richmond to support the offshore wind industry as a manufacturing / fabrication site, construction support site, operations and maintenance site, or as a shipbuilding site.”

On Tuesday, the consultant will review the costs, schedule and potential benefits as the city mulls whether to position itself to participate in the offshore wind industry, and to identify potential sites at its port.

The regular meeting of the Richmond City Council meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. To view the agenda and ways to participate, go here.