Bureau plans forum on offshore wind in Golden State

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is holding a public information meeting on 13 December 2018 to provide an update on planning issues regarding offshore windfarms off the coast of California.

At the meeting, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will share information on planning activity for possible offshore wind developments along the California coast.

On 19 October 2018, BOEM published a call for information and nominations to solicit public input on the potential for offshore wind energy development in three call areas: two in central California and one in northern California. BOEM also wants to obtain further information about industry interest in commercial wind energy leases in the call areas.

At the meeting, BOEM will discuss how the public can comment on the call, the planning timeline, and additional opportunities for public participation. BOEM will provide a demonstration of the California Offshore Wind Energy Gateway, a web-based spatial planning tool it and the State of California are using to collect and share information on offshore uses and resources to inform decision-making. In addition, the public will have the opportunity to provide input and ask questions of state agency representatives and other BOEM renewable energy task force members.

Interest in offshore wind off the coast of the state is growing, not least since Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation setting a goal of 100% clean energy for California, a move that could accelerate plans to build floating offshore windfarms off the coast of the Golden State.

A report from the Green Economy Programme at the Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California, Berkeley suggests that floating offshore wind energy could play a leading role as a source of green energy and employment.

In September a consortium of companies and a coastal energy authority submitted a lease application to BOEM to advance development of a floating offshore wind energy project 20 miles off the coast of Eureka in northern California. Redwood Coastal Energy Authority, Principle Power, EDPR Offshore North America and Aker Solutions have been working since 2017 to develop offshore wind potential off Humboldt County.

 

Bureau plans forum on offshore wind in Golden State, by David Foxwell, Offshore Wind Journal, November 20, 2018.

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