Key themes: west coast siting, permitting, leasing, california policy, floating technology, engineering and design, mooring, dynamic cables, permitting and environmental impact, west coast supply chain, west coast ports infrastructure, west coast grid integration
Developing California’s first offshore wind farms - Morro Bay and Humboldt call areas
Transmission & interconnection planning and coordination for Morro Bay and Humboldt call areas
The California context for project risk management in offshore wind
Overview: The deep waters off the coast of California offer an estimated technical potential of 201 GW of floating wind capacity, four times the record peak power demand on the state’s grid. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimated that if California builds 10 GW of offshore wind, it could bring approximately $20 billion to California’s economy and create a total of 14,890 construction jobs by 2050.
More recently, The US Department of Interior has identified an area (the Morro Bay 399 Area) that will support 3 GW of offshore wind on roughly 399 sq mi (1,033 sq km) off central California, northwest of Morro Bay. It is also advancing Humboldt as a potential wind energy area offshore northern California. These two call areas will translate into a proposed sale notice for one lease sale auction, targeted for mid-2022. According to DOI, these initial areas for offshore wind development could bring up to 4.6 GW of energy to the grid, enough to power 1.6 million homes. However, there are many barriers to overcome before 4.6 GW vision can be realized.
This forum will discuss what the pathway to 4.6 GW looks like. Stakeholders and policy makers will answer crucial questions, such as: what scale and pace of offshore wind deployment is needed to kick start development whilst benefiting California’s energy system and its end users? What are the implications of a 4.6 GW build out on California’s renewable energy targets? What are the transmission and interconnection challenges? And on sharing the ocean with other users, the environment and wildlife?
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