The Biden administration announced today that it is moving to advance offshore wind power on the coast of California for the first time. When developed, the regions selected have the potential to generate enough green energy for up to 1.6 million homes over the next decade, according to the administration.
Two areas being eyed for offshore wind could produce up to 4.6 gigawatts of renewable energy. The first, a 399-square-mile swath of ocean known as the Morro Bay 399 Area, lies off California’s central coast and could produce 3 gigawatts. The other, the Humboldt Call Area off Northern California, is being considered by the Interior Department as a future Wind Energy Area.
Installing wind turbines off the West Coast won’t be easy: The floor of the Pacific Ocean gets far deeper far closer to the shore than the Atlantic Ocean. That means the California farms will require “new floating offshore wind technology,” developed in part through investments by the Energy Department, the White House said.
This announcement comes just weeks after the White House approved another major offshore wind project in U.S. waters. The 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind project will be located off the coast of Massachusetts.
In addition to the environmental benefits, the Biden administration also highlighted the economic impacts, especially when it comes to jobs.
“The offshore wind industry has the potential to create tens of thousands of good-paying union jobs across the nation, while combating the negative effects of climate change,” Deb Haaland, secretary of the Interior, said in a statement. “Interior is proud to be part of an all-of-government approach toward the Biden-Harris administration’s ambitious renewable energy goals,” she added.
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