Offshore Wind

The Central Coast is poised to play a leading role in the development of offshore wind energy on the West Coast.

 

The federal government has earmarked a 399-square mile area off Northern San Luis Obispo County for development of a 3 gigawatt wind farm.

The area has excellent connectivity to the energy grid, with transmission lines at Diablo Canyon and Morro Bay. But additional infrastructure is needed to realize potentially substantial economic benefits.

REACH and several partners are working to ensure the region reaches its economic goals while helping the state and nation meet clean energy goals.

With the infrastructure to support wind turbine assembly and maintenance jobs, a 3 gigawatt wind farm off the Central Coast could produce:

$262M

annual economic impact

650

long-term jobs at clean energy port

2,411

5-year port construction jobs

$2B

port construction economic impact

Dear President Biden...

A bipartisan coalition sent a 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.

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map of morro bay call area

See the Morro Bay Call Area

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management slated a 399 square mile area in federal waters northwest of Morro Bay for wind farm development, under a May 25 Biden Administration announcement to accelerate West Coast wind energy.

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SLO Supes support wind energy

The SLO County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the economic and climate benefits of renewable wind energy and seeking state and federal support for a port feasibility study.

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