The dream of Morro Bay as a new hub of offshore renewable energy production in California could be over before it even gets its sea legs — or it could just be ramping up.
The Navy is expected to make an announcement in the coming weeks on whether it will support fields of 700-foot floating wind turbines off certain areas of the California coast.
State and San Luis Obispo County leaders say they’ve been informed the Navy will likely recommend against building potential wind farms off the coast of Morro Bay and Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, something that could effectively sink hopes for the North Coast to be a new hub of renewable energy.
Despite this, those same leaders said they don’t believe the project is dead in the water just yet.
Navy may oppose wind farms off Morro Bay — but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen, by Kaytlyn Leslie, San Luis Obispo Tribune, March 21, 2019.