U.S. Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler is on top of the floating offshore wind issue that is coming to the West Coast with two potential unsolicited lease requests to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to install thousands of megawatts of floating electricity offshore Pacific County. Doing so would displace hundreds of square miles of productive fishing grounds, which is nothing more than a "Coastal Poverty Program" in which fishing is displaced.
The National Renewable Energy Lab estimates the electricity will cost over $0.75/kW compared to the $0.04/kW our local Public Utility District No. 2 pays the Bonneville Power Administration for hydropower, a superior renewable. Every electrical ratepayer, not just fishermen, will suffer significantly with this widening of the rural/urban divide. BOEM needs to be reined in before we lose our local fishing industry, a distinct possibility.