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Offshore wind has the potential to power nearly 800,000 homes in Washington State and create local benefits. Join our mailing list to stay informed of our progress.Sign up for email updates
Hecate Energy is in the early phase of developing a floating, offshore wind facility near Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.
Renewable Energy in Offshore Wind
Offshore wind is a renewable resource located in open bodies of water. Wind spins the turbines to generate electricity that is transmitted back to shore via a system of underground cables. Onshore substations connect the energy to the grid, sending it to the surrounding communities.
Offshore wind facilities like Cascadia Wind typically consist of floating wind turbines that are located miles from the coast and anchored to the sea floor.
A Reliable Resource in Washington State
Washington is committed to a clean energy future
The 2019 Clean Energy Transformation Act set the goal of powering the grid with 100% carbon-free energy by 2045. To meet this ambitious goal, Washington needs more high-capacity renewable energy generation.
Washington has an abundant wind resource.
Research has shown that a significant wind resource is available on the Pacific coast out to 50 nautical miles, which could support the state’s carbon-free energy mandate (State Ocean Caucus, 2018).
Washington is already a leader in clean energy, but...
Nearly 66% of Washington’s energy comes from hydropower; however, increases in demand for clean energy will soon surpass supply. Washington needs additional supply of low cost, fixed-price electricity for the State’s residents and businesses.
Washington's coast is a suitable location.
Hecate’s preliminary study shows that the area off the coast of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties is ideal for a wind energy facility because of the consistency and strength of the wind. Many additional factors determine the specific siting of the wind turbines.
In the coming months, the Hecate Energy team will be inviting community members to share their thoughts online and in person to help shape the project. We encourage you to sign up for our email list to receive updates.
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Answering your Frequently Asked Questions
Offshore wind is a renewable resource that is located on open bodies of water. Offshore wind facilities like Cascadia Wind typically consist of floating wind turbines that are located miles from the coast and anchored to the sea floor. Wind spins the turbines to generate electricity that is transmitted back to shore via a system of underground cables. Onshore substations connect the energy to the grid, sending it to homes and businesses.
Offshore winds are stronger and more consistent than most land-based wind. Offshore wind facilities can generate high volumes of clean energy to power millions of homes. The U.S. Department of Energy has recognized offshore wind as a central resource for the generation of green energy. If offshore wind facilities were to be developed at every technically suitable site, they could generate twice as much electricity as all electric power plants in the United States combined. Offshore wind is an opportunity to provide Washington State with low coast fixed-price electricity and generate thousands of construction jobs and hundreds of permanent operations and maintenance jobs.
Based on the offshore wind goals put forth by the Biden Administration, 30 gigawatts produced by 2030, this project would support the national effort to combat climate change and develop clean energy resources here in the United States.Learn more about the Federal Sustainability Plan.
Cascadia Wind will provide a variety of both temporary and permanent jobs to southeast Washington, including manufacturing, construction, installation, facilities maintenance, wind turbine technicians, and tugboat operators.
Some areas of the wind farm could be visible from some shoreline areas. Visibility from shore will depend on the final siting of the wind farm and atmospheric conditions.
All marine mammals that may be present in the requested lease area are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Some marine mammals potentially occurring in the requested lease area are also protected by the Endangered Species Act. Hecate Energy will provide a detailed mitigation plan that demonstrates compliance with all state and federal acts for protected and endangered species.
Hecate Energy welcomes your input! Hecate Energy is working to ensure that development, construction, and operation of Cascadia Wind benefits the community and the environment. We refine our project design based on community feedback. We encourage the public to provide feedback on how we may potentially improve our project concept by participating in one of the following ways:
Let us know what you think using our comment form
Anticipated Project Timeline
Developing a new offshore wind project takes many years, and we are just getting started.
Hecate's unsolicited lease request will kick off a multiyear process with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the state of Washington to seek public input and conduct an environmental review. Stay informed during this process by signing up for our email list.
The project could deliver power in 2029.
Our Company Hecate Energy
Hecate Energy is a leading developer, owner, and operator of renewable power projects.
Hecate—pronounced “HEK-uh-tee”—is the Greek goddess of the crossroads whose domain included the earth, sea, and sky. Our name reflects our mission of developing power generation resources at the intersection of traditional and emerging technologies. Our experienced team of energy professionals provides best-in-class processes, technical designs, and financing structures for the next generation of energy resources. We believe in collaborative, long-term partnerships with the clients and communities we serve.