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California joins White House offshore wind partnership

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 23/02/2023 Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
The White House announced California has signed onto the 13-state Federal-State Offshore Wind Implementation Partnership. It marks the addition of the West Coast to the regions represented by the partnership.

The Partnership aims to fast-track efforts to energy to Americans, create jobs and build an American supply chain for offshore wind.

California has set a target of 2-5 GW by 2030 and 25 GW by 2045.
In December, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) hosted the first-ever auction of offshore wind leases on the Outer Continental Shelf off the central and northern coasts of California, as well as the first U.S. sale in support of commercial offshore wind energy projects.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said: “We’re in the midst of a clean energy revolution, and ramping up the development of offshore wind energy will help move our state off dirty fossil fuels. Thanks to the leadership of the Biden-Harris Administration, offshore wind energy has gone from a distant pipedream to a burgeoning reality. With this new federal Partnership, California will continue spearheading efforts to bring offshore wind energy to the West Coast while creating thousands of good jobs and tackling the climate crisis.”

Numerous other US states are progressing offshore wind development with President Biden having set a national goal to deploy 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030 back in January 2021. This was followed in September 2022 with a goal of 15 GW of floating wind by 2035. Earlier this week
4C Offshore reported that the US Department of the Interior proposed the first-ever offshore wind lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico.

So far, only two projects have hit the water,
Block Island which was commissioned in 2017 followed by Coastal Virginia in 2020. Vineyard Wind 1, poised to be the first commercial scale offshore wind project in the United States, is expected to start offshore construction this year with first power slated for 2023 ahead of commissioning in 2024.


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