Distributed Energy Resources

Coalition calls for Calif. to set minimum 10 GW offshore wind goal

A newly formed coalition is calling for California to set a goal of reaching a minimum of 10 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2040 in order to meet the state's commitment to 100 percent renewable power by 2045.

The new coalition, Offshore Wind California, was launched in early October. Its founding member companies are Aker Solutions, Equinor, Magellan Wind, Mainstream Renewable Power, Northland Power, Orsted and Principle Power. The nonprofit Pacific Ocean Energy Trust is supporting the formation of OWC and is also a founding member.

The coalition noted that the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates California's technical potential for offshore wind at 112 GW, including up to 8.4 GW in three areas designated by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

According to the coalition, NREL estimates that building 10 GW of offshore wind power in California would create 18,000 jobs and generate $20 billion in GDP by 2050. 

Additional information about the coalition is available here.

Calif. CCA signs MOU for supplies from 1,000-MW offshore wind farm

Monterey Bay Community Power, a California community choice aggregator, and Castle Wind LLC on Aug. 15 said that they have signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines the mutual interests and intent of both parties to enter into future long-term power purchase agreements for approximately 1,000 megawatts of energy from an offshore wind project being developed by Castle Wind.

The Castle Wind Offshore wind farm project will be located on the Outer Continental Shelf, more than 30 miles from the California coastline in federally managed waters of the Pacific Ocean.

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is preparing a lease auction for the project site in 2020. If awarded the lease, Castle Wind anticipates producing 1,000 MW of renewable energy around 2025.

The proposed project will be grid-connected at the Morro Bay substation in Morro Bay.

Another California CCA also pursuing offshore wind

In early 2018, another California CCA, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority, offered details on its plans to move forward with what could be the first commercial floating offshore wind farm in the United States.

And in September of last year, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority, with support from a consortium of private companies, submitted a lease application to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to advance the development of the offshore wind energy project off the coast of Humboldt County, in Northern California.

The 100-150 MW floating offshore wind farm is planned to be located more than 20 miles off the coast of Eureka.