California energy officials have released a draft of the West Coast's first road map for offshore wind, calling for more gigawatts of electricity from the resource than any other U.S. state to date.
In a report made public Friday, the California Energy Commission staff recommended building 3 GW of offshore wind by 2030, followed by a larger wave of development in subsequent years. By 2045, staff found, the state should produce anywhere from 10 GW to 15 GW from turbines located off its coast, enough to power roughly 10 million to 15 million homes.
That amount exceeds New York's 9 GW target for 2035, currently the country's largest long-term goal. The California plan was celebrated by offshore wind advocates, who have spent years pushing state officials to set the targets.
Adam Stern, the executive director of Offshore Wind California, which represents large prospective developers, called it "very encouraging news and an important milestone" for the state's industry.
The goals "show that California is serious about 'going big'" on offshore wind, Stern said in a statement.