U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office and Grid Deployment Office are launching a study on transmission options to support offshore wind development along the U.S. West Coast in the Pacific Ocean through 2050, funded by the Inflation Reduction Act. This study will evaluate multiple pathways to meet offshore wind goals, while supporting grid reliability and resilience and ocean co-use. Led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this study will build on the West Coast Offshore Wind Transmission Literature and Gaps Analysis by addressing some of its identified gaps.

The West Coast Offshore Wind Transmission Literature Review and Gaps Analysis, authored by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and published by Wind Energy Technologies Office this week, reviews 13 existing studies that evaluate offshore wind energy transmission through potential points of interconnection along the coastlines of California, Oregon, and Washington—and identifies gaps and observations the wind industry must address to fully develop offshore wind energy off the nation’s West Coast.