The White House announced the plan, which will open parts of California’s deep waters to offshore wind developers. Tethered to the ocean floor, floating turbine platforms can be arrayed in areas where the water grows very deep. Over 60% of the viable offshore wind resources in the United States could only be tapped with floating wind, he estimated. Dagher is the university’s lead designer on a floating wind pilot called New England Aqua Ventus. The military’s sign-off on turbine development in central California lowered the chief barrier to floating offshore wind’s emergence.