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California offshore wind leases move step closer to approval

October 06, 2022

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued a finding of no significant impacts (FONSI) to environmental resources from potential offshore wind energy leasing activities in the Morro Bay Wind Energy Area (WEA), located off the coast of San Luis Obispo County in central California. 

On 5 October, the Bureau announced it had completed its Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Morro Bay WEA, which assesses potential impacts from the issuance of leases within the area.

The EA considers potential environmental consequences of site characterisation and site assessment activities, as well as project easements associated with potential leases and related right-of-way grants for subsea cable corridors in the Morro Bay WEA.

The completion of the final EA brings the leasing area, which could accommodate 3 GW of floating wind capacity, a step closer to a lease sale which is planned to be held by the end of this year, according to earlier information.

[Adrijana Buljan]

More: California Step Closer to Morro Bay Floating Wind Lease Sale

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