Offshore Wind

A new industry is setting sail from the Central Coast with the opportunity for hundreds of good-paying jobs developing and operating the nation’s first floating wind farms.

REACH is collaborating closely with dozens of state, federal and local agencies, three lease-winning global companies, education and community stakeholders to stake out the region’s role in this critical emerging industry. 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.

Offshore wind on the Central Coast


  • Three global companies invested $425 million to develop wind farms in 376 square miles of federal waters about 20 miles off SLO County’s North Coast in a December 2022 auction.
  • The companies pledged an additional $27 million in community benefits and $66 million for workforce training and supply chain development.
  • Site evaluation and planning is expected to take several years, with a goal of starting operations by 2030.
  • Once developed, the wind farms could produce up to 6 gigawatts of clean, renewable energy — enough to power around 3.5 million homes.


Map showing the Morro Bay wind energy area


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Atlas Wind

Atlas Wind is operated by Equinor, a Norwegian multinational that owns and operates the world’s first floating wind farm and is developing two large wind farms offshore New York and Massachusetts.

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Golden State Wind

Golden State Wind is the California branch of Ocean Winds, a multinational company with fixed and floating offshore wind projects around the world, including WindFloat Atlantic in Portugal and two East Coast projects under development.

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Even Keel Wind

Even Keel Wind is part of Chicago-based Invenergy, one of the largest privately owned clean energy developers, owners and operators in North America, with more than 30 GW of clean energy, including 117 land-based wind projects.

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Key recent activities
  • Secured $1.7 million in state funding for SLO County to support infrastructure planning, community engagement and staffing
  • Hosted the three lease winners on a welcome tour of the Central Coast and meet-and-greet with key local stakeholders
  • Partnered with the Counties of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara and the City of Morro Bay to study options for infrastructure enhancements to support industry development
  • Spearheaded a joint letter from 25 regional leaders — representing both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, cities, chambers, higher education — to the lease winners expressing the community’s interest in partnering to responsibly advance offshore wind on the Central Coast
  • Testified at a Congressional field hearing on offshore wind’s economic impact, among other speaking engagements statewide
  • Commissioned a study on potential economic benefits of offshore wind on the Central Coast