First offshore wind lease sale in California coastal waters


Working groups, environmental sanitation, environment and business celebrate the announcement

WASHINGTON, DC – In a highly anticipated step toward developing clean offshore wind energy in California’s coastal waters, the Biden/Harris administration recently announced that the Office of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold its first-ever offshore wind lease. Sale in US Pacific waters on December 6, 2022. Notice of sale includes three lease areas off the central coast of California near Morro Bay and two lease areas off the northern California coast near Humboldt Bay – an area that can produce enough energy Clean to run 1.5 million homes.

“This is a historic moment in California’s progress toward developing clean offshore wind energy, and it comes thanks to the incredible partnership between the Biden administration and the State of California in driving clean energy investment. As the consequences of climate change harm our communities, clean investment in offshore wind cannot come to California waters soon enough.” said Laura DeHaan, state manager at California environment.

California Energy Authority

This announcement comes on the heels of a California Energy Authority The vote earlier this year to adopt the country’s most ambitious offshore wind targets. If California succeeds in its plans to develop 2 GW to 5 GW of offshore wind development by 2030 and 25 GW of offshore wind by 2045, nearly 25% of the state’s total electricity needs will be met with clean offshore wind power by mid-century. Announcing the Biden Administration’s Rent Sale today is the first step toward realizing this ambitious vision.

Jobs and economic boost?

In addition to supporting a cleaner and more resilient power grid, the rental sale announcement also has the potential to revitalize port communities by creating thousands of well-paid union jobs. As a first step for offshore wind energy development, the revitalization of the Humboldt Bay port is looming – the project could generate up to 830 local jobs and more than $130 million in industrial production over five years. A report last year from the USC Schwarzenegger Institute found that developing 10 gigawatts of offshore wind could create 65,000 jobs during the construction phase and 4,500 long-term jobs for operation and maintenance.

“California’s offshore wind energy means thousands of jobs, and with the right protections, we can ensure that they are high-quality union jobs that support the family. California has a skilled workforce ready to go further in promoting California with a skilled workforce ready to go further in promoting California,” said Jeff Hunerlach, district representative for Operation Engineers Humboldt County. Our state’s ambitious vision is to develop offshore wind energy – all while upgrading and revitalizing communities lacking these opportunities.

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The development of 4.5 gigawatts of clean offshore wind power through an advertised lease sale will also support the country in reducing dangerous air pollution from fossil fuels. 84% of maximum gas power plants were located in areas considered to be in the most disadvantaged half of California’s communities, and half of these largest plants were located in the most disadvantaged 30%. Evening hours are often run when power plants are polluted with fossil fuels to meet the state’s demand for electricity.

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“This is the first step toward the societal benefits that offshore winds can bring to California. In many communities of color and low-income communities across California, air quality is highly polluted and can be deadly, and investing in clean energy resources is critical to reducing pollution.While the bidding process also includes important conditions for good jobs and benefits for local communities, work toward equity continues,” said Eddie Ann, CEO, Brightline Defense.

polling from california public policy institute Earlier this year, 85% of potential voters were found to support wind and wave power projects off the California coast. Federal support for offshore wind energy development looms large through the Inflation Reduction Act.

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