06-02-22 | News

First-Ever California Offshore Wind Lease Sale Proposed

Sale Includes Lease Stipulations to Prioritize Community
by Staff

The Department of the Interior recently took the next step in achieving the Biden-Harris administration's goal of clean energy dependency with the first ever California offshore wind lease sale proposal.

The Department of the Interior announced the process regarding offshore wind lease sales on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore California, marking the first ever wind lease sale on the west coast.

The Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, White House National Climate Advisor, Gina McCarthy, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Dr. Colin Kahl, and California Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced in May 2021 an agreement to advanced areas for wind energy development. This proposal is part of the leasing path to meet the Biden-Harris administration's goal to deploy 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy by 2030.


"Today's action represents tangible progress towards achieving the Administration's vision for a clean energy future offshore California, while creating a domestic supply chain and good-paying union jobs," Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Amanda Lefton explained, "BOEM is committed to robust stakeholder engagement and ensuring any offshore wind leasing is done in a manner that avoids or minimizes potential impacts to the ocean and ocean users. The Proposed Sale Notice provides another opportunity for local communities, Tribes, ocean users, developers and others to weigh in on potential wind energy activities offshore California."

The Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) includes three proposed lease areas in the Morro Bay Wind Energy Area off the coast of central California and two proposed lease areas in the Humboldt Wind Energy Area off the coast of northern California which totals approximately 373,268 acres that have the potential to unlock over 4.5 gigawatts of offshore wind energy that would power more than 1.5 million homes. The project would also create thousands of new jobs.

To date, BOEM has held 10 competitive lease sales and issued 25 active commercial offshore wind leases in the Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to North Carolina. The California lease sale will be the first in the Pacific region.

BOEM is also seeking public feedback on lease stipulations that reaffirm its commitment to create good-paying union jobs, engaging with Tribal government, underserved communities, stakeholders, and ocean goers.


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