Coalition seeks state + federal funds for offshore wind planning

Positioning the Central Coast for a pivotal role in cultivating offshore wind energy on the West Coast, a bipartisan coalition of the region’s federal, state and local elected officials, REACH, Cal Poly and the Tri-Counties Building and Construction Trades Council sent a joint letter to President Biden and California Gov. Newsom requesting state and federal funding for a feasibility analysis to assess possible locations for a clean energy port and other infrastructure needs.

The letter declares the region’s commitment to advancing the responsible and proactive planning for the development of offshore wind off our coast in support of federal and state wind energy goals.

A specialized wind port is needed to realize the hundreds of good-paying jobs and projected $262 million in annual economic impact of a 3GW wind farm in the federally designated area northwest of Morro Bay.

“We believe our community has a critical role to play in the nation’s renewable energy future, and your support will help us accelerate good-paying, future-oriented jobs in a burgeoning sector of the clean energy economy,” the letter states.

Read the full letter here.