Offshore Wind

A new industry is setting sail from the Central Coast.

 

Offshore wind energy is making its West Coast debut off the coast of Morro Bay and marking the U.S. launch of floating turbine technology.

REACH and several partners are working to position the region as the nation’s launching pad for commercial-scale floating offshore wind.

This spans planning for infrastructure, workforce and other industry needs and ensuring the Central Coast reaches its economic goals while helping the state and nation meet clean energy goals.

Exploring potential infrastructure

REACH, in partnership with San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County and the City of Morro Bay, is leading a study examining opportunities to support offshore wind development and create new jobs by enhancing or adding to the region’s waterfront infrastructure.

Reach, Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County and Morro Bay City logos

Offshore wind's economic impact

A study commissioned by REACH found that the 376-square-mile wind energy area off the coast of Morro Bay could generate significant near- and long-term economic benefits on the Central Coast, as shown in this chart.

With the corresponding onshore infrastructure, a 3 gigawatt wind farm could generate 650 long-term jobs and an annual economic impact of $262 million, in addition to shorter-term benefits.

 

 

$262M

annual economic impact

650

long-term jobs

2411

5-year construction jobs

$2B

construction economic impact