Friday, May 28, 2021

Offshore Wind Projects Coming to Coastal California

Offshore wind projects will be developed along California’s northern and central coasts, a move that could create another source of clean energy in the U.S. and generate thousands of new jobs, the Biden Administration announced this week.

In the announcement, the White House specifically pointed to two areas as sites for offshore wind development: the Morro Bay 399 Area, where the creation of three gigawatts of offshore wind could be supported, and the Humboldt Call Area.

This follows Biden’s larger plan to generate jobs through the creation of 30 gigawatts of domestic offshore wind by 2030.

Creating renewable energy through offshore wind “could be a game changer” for reaching California’s own goals and addressing climate change while bolstering the economy, said California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“This historic announcement, which could provide clean power for up to 1.6 million homes over the next decade, represents the innovative approach we need for a clean energy economy that protects the coasts, fisheries, marine life and cultural resources we value so much as Californians,” he said.