Posted on May 15, 2023
The Port of Long Beach has revealed plans for a facility aimed at supporting California’s renewable energy objectives. The proposed Pier Wind facility is designed to accommodate the manufacturing and assembly of large scale offshore wind turbines, potentially playing a pivotal role in the state’s renewable energy future.
The floating offshore wind facility is envisioned as a hub for constructing fully assembled wind turbines capable of generating 20 MW of energy.
Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, emphasized the unique benefits of the location and its potential to drive down the cost of energy for these sizable turbines. The Pier Wind project aligns with the Port of Long Beach’s commitment to zero emissions, contributing to a carbon neutral energy future.
Long Beach Harbour Commission President Sharon L. Weissman underscored the importance of offshore wind for the port’s emission reduction goals and the significance of reliable and renewable power for their operations.
By harnessing the abundant wind resources in deep waters, the Pier Wind project aims to generate renewable energy, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and help California achieve its target of producing 25 GW of offshore wind power by 2045. Additionally, it strives to contribute to the national objective of reducing the cost of offshore wind power by 70% by 2035.
The envisioned facility would cover up to 400 acres of newly constructed land within the Harbour District, located south west of the Long Beach International Gateway Bridge. The Port’s concept study provides a foundation for ongoing planning and discussions with relevant stakeholders, including state and federal officials, developers and funders.
The estimated cost of the project is $4.7 billion. In addition to bolstering renewable energy infrastructure, Pier Wind has the potential to generate job opportunities for communities impacted by climate change and port operations. Local residents would be actively involved and benefit from California’s transition to a renewable economy.
Construction could commence in January 2027, with the first 100 acres operational by early 2031, followed by an additional 100 acres in late 2031, and the final 200 acres coming online in 2035.