Harnessing the Power of Oregon’s Offshore Wind

Deep Blue Pacific Wind is a project of TotalEnergies and Simply Blue Group
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Our Vision for Oregon

The winds off Oregon’s coast are strong and steady, and they have the potential to provide clean, affordable and reliable energy for generations to come.

Miles off the coast of southern Oregon, reliable winds and accessible waters create prime opportunities for offshore wind farms that are powerful enough to put our clean energy goals within reach.

Deep Blue Pacific Wind combines Oregon energy experience and offshore wind expertise with an innovative vision for floating offshore wind — emission-free turbines on floating structures that are kept in place using conventional mooring systems. They are used in deeper waters, farther from shore, where winds are stronger and can create more energy.

We have the right conditions, the expertise and a great need to bring clean renewable energy to the Pacific Northwest. The time for floating offshore wind is now.

How Offshore Floating Wind Farms Work

Floating wind turbines are configured in an array to optimize the capture of wind energy
Energy captured by the turbines is conveyed through a transmission line to an offshore substation
A transmission cable transmits the power from the substation to the shore, where it is connected to the onshore electric system

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Shaping the future, together

Deep Blue Pacific Wind is a partnership between TotalEnergies, a broad energy company with a growing portfolio of renewable assets, and Simply Blue Group, a pioneer in floating offshore wind with more than 8 gigawatts (GW) of floating offshore wind in development off the coasts of Ireland, UK and Sweden.

The venture partners the offshore wind expertise of Simply Blue’s U.S. and Oregon-based leadership team with TotalEnergies’ resources and historic knowledge of offshore operations. Deep Blue Pacific’s aim is to deliver the benefits of proven floating wind technology at utility-scale, and provide reliable, cost-competitive clean power to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

TotalEnergies

TotalEnergies is a broad energy company that produces and markets energies on a global scale: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity.

Our 105,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, clean, reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.

“Our ambition is to install 100 gigawatts of global renewable power generation by 2030, part of which will come from floating offshore wind projects. We are eager to see this partnership with Simply Blue help our Company meet that goal. We are convinced that the U.S. has a large potential in floating wind, and we are committed to using our extensive expertise in large-scale offshore to make it happen.”

Stéphane Michel, President Gas,
Renewables & Power at TotalEnergies

Simply Blue Group

Simply Blue Group, headquartered in Cork, Ireland, is a leading blue economy developer focused on replacing fossil fuels with clean ocean energy. It develops pioneering blue economy projects – floating offshore wind, wave energy and low-impact aquaculture – all in harmony with the oceans. The company has a pipeline of over 9 GW of floating offshore wind projects, primarily in the waters off Ireland and the UK.

Simply Blue is committed to creating new economic opportunities for coastal communities, and developing projects that co-exist with sustainable fisheries and marine conservation.

“The future and next frontier of U.S. offshore wind is floating. This joint venture with TotalEnergies has everything we need to deliver floating offshore wind on America’s coasts. Almost two-thirds of U.S. offshore wind resources are found in deeper waters that require floating wind platforms. Deep Blue Energy brings together the scale, expertise, and international track record to responsibly develop floating offshore wind power on all of America's coasts."

Sam Roch-Perks, CEO,
Simply Blue

Floating Offshore Wind In the United States

Image credit: Joshua Baeur, NREL

The U.S. has 2,000 GW of technical offshore wind capacity in its coastal waters, 60 percent of which can only be tapped by floating offshore wind turbines, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory reports.

In March 2021, the Biden Administration set a national goal to jumpstart U.S. offshore wind power and generate 30 GW by 2030.

While early attention has focused on fixed platforms in shallow East Coast waters, the deeper waters off California, Oregon, Hawaii, Gulf Coast, Great Lakes and also the East Coast hold as much or more potential for development – as much as 30 GW by 2040 – utilizing floating wind technology already deployed in other world markets.

Along with greater flexibility to access deep-water sites, floating wind offers significant advantages in higher yield/capacity factors, ease of installation and minimal visual impact with over-the-horizon siting.

Benefits of Offshore Floating Wind

Emission free and renewable energy
Affordable and reliable power
Economic benefit to coastal communities and across the state

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About Us

Deep Blue is working with local communities and the region’s policymakers to develop Oregon’s promising offshore wind resource. In April 2022, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) identified two potential development areas, ‘Call Areas,’ off the South Coast of Oregon.

After soliciting additional information from the public, these areas will be refined into smaller, proposed ‘wind energy areas.’ BOEM’s Offshore Wind Leasing Path Forward indicates a lease sale in Oregon in the second half of 2023.

Deep Blue Pacific Wind is a joint venture between TotalEnergies and Simply Blue Group.

Our Team

We believe our people are central to everything we do. We are a team that combines deep roots in Oregon with national and international floating offshore wind development experience.

Kevin Banister
Kevin Banister

President

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Peter Cogswell
Peter Cogswell

Government & External Affairs

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Alana Duerr
Alana Duerr

Project Director

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Lauren Spence
Lauren Spence

Vice President

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Ricardo Carver
Ricardo Carver

Technical & Supply Chain Lead

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Karolina Pietrzak
Karolina Pietrzak

Senior Advisor

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Katie Morrice
Katie Morrice

Environmental & Permitting Lead

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Shaping the future, together

TotalEnergies

TotalEnergies is a broad energy company that produces and markets energies on a global scale: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity.

Our 105,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, clean, reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.

“Our ambition is to install 100 GW of global renewable power generation by 2030,” said Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman & CEO, TotalEnergies. “We are eager to see this partnership with Simply Blue help meet that goal. Floating wind is an extremely promising and technical segment where TotalEnergies brings its extensive expertise in offshore operations and maintenance to design the floating wind farm of the future.”

Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman & CEO, TotalEnergies

Simply Blue Group

Simply Blue Group, headquartered in Cork, Ireland, is a leading blue economy developer focused on replacing fossil fuels with clean ocean energy. It develops pioneering blue economy projects – floating offshore wind, wave energy and low-impact aquaculture – all in harmony with the oceans. The company has a pipeline of over 9 GW of floating offshore wind projects, primarily in the waters off Ireland and the UK.

Simply Blue is committed to creating new economic opportunities for coastal communities, and developing projects that co-exist with sustainable fisheries and marine conservation.

“The future and next frontier of U.S. offshore wind is floating. This joint venture with TotalEnergies has everything we need to deliver floating offshore wind on America’s coasts,” said Sam Roch-Perks, CEO, Simply Blue. “Almost two-thirds of U.S. offshore wind resources are found in deeper waters that require floating wind platforms. Deep Blue Energy brings together the scale and international track record to responsibly develop floating offshore wind power on all of America's coasts.”

Sam Roch-Perks, CEO, Simply Blue.
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