Offshore Wind Energy – An Economic Development Opportunity for Oregon

A combination of recent events has produced a window of opportunity for Coos Bay to emerge as a major hub for the offshore wind industry. This presentation was written to inform stakeholders and policymakers of Coos Bay about a significant economic development opportunity for their region. This proposal provides information about its business merits and the sustainable family wage jobs it can provide. Moral and environmental benefits are not discussed. Doing so would limit the number of people who would otherwise give it some consideration. In fact, we propose that both Jordan Cove and offshore wind could proceed simultaneously. In summary wind energy is as much about jobs, infrastructure and economic development as it is about carbon reduction, so that’s the emphasis in this presentation.