Ideal USA Vandenberg Pilot Floating Wind Farm

21 Oct 2021: At its regular commission meeting, the State Lands Commission determined next steps in review of the applications. The current conversation is about whether and how to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The commission voted unanimously to proceed with the EIR. SLC staff recommended that the SLC should pursue an EIR to gather data, explore alternatives, and evaluate ways to mitigate impacts. Lieutenant Governor and Chair Eleni Kounalakis stated that she will support this recommendation, and urged others to do so. She also confirmed that both projects could potentially go ahead, but emphasized several times that completing an EIR does not in any way translate to any form of project consent. Major recurring concerns raised during the consultation on the PEA include: loss of fishing, labour and workforce concerns, applicability of data to projects farther offshore, port capacity/potential conflicts, marine mammal entanglement, fishing compensation, bat/bird collision, EMF effects. Many commentors who called in described the pilot projects as unnecessary, neither properly pilots/demonstrators nor full-scale projects bringing the benefits of such. The closeness to shore was highlighted multiple times, with commentors suggesting that the negative environmental impacts outweighed the positives. A large number of commentors, while criticising these projects, emphasized their support for ‘responsible’ offshore wind development under AB 525. The board emphasized repeatedly that the point of the present meeting was to authorize an EIR, not to make a decision on project approval.
Location:
United States
Status:
Concept/Early Planning
Capacity:
40 MW
4C Offshore | Location Map: Lat(34.610) Lon(-120.686)

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