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California planners boost offshore wind goal to 5 gigawatts by 2030

August 03, 2022

The California Energy Commission has expanded the state's offshore wind planning goals to 5GW by 2030, up from 3GW.

The move was announced in its updated AB 525 report. 

It follows Governor Gavin Newsom announcing a target last month of 20GW by 2045, which has now been beefed-up to 25GW by 2045 in the report. 

The US Department of the Interior announced proposed auction details and lease terms for offshore wind energy development in the Morro Bay Wind Energy Area and Humboldt Wind Energy Area, located offshore central and northern California, respectively, in May. 

Its Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is currently inviting prospective bids for five lease areas at these locations, with the combined potential to generate 4.5GW. 

Offshore Wind California (OWC) said these new, expanded goals set an ambitious course and show California is very serious about “going big” on floating offshore wind to strengthen and diversify its clean power portfolio.

[Staff Report]

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