The American Clean Power Association (ACP) issued the following statement this week after the Biden administration, in partnership with the state of California, announced an effort to advance offshore wind off the northern and central coasts of California and open the Pacific Coast to its first commercial scale offshore clean energy projects.
“The American offshore wind industry applauds this historic step forward on offshore wind development off the U.S. West Coast. California now has an opportunity to become a global leader in floating offshore wind technology with an agreement to move forward with leasing of 3,000 MW in Morro Bay and additional space in the Humboldt Call Area, totaling 4,600 MW potential development,” Heather Zichal, American Clean Power Association CEO, said in a prepared statement. “Today’s actions will help deliver a new source of power to California communities that are increasingly demanding clean energy to power their homes and businesses. Our country is blessed with considerable wind resources off its coasts and now is the time to harness those resources to achieve the sustainability and climate goals of coastal states and to provide certainty for the offshore wind industry, strengthen the workforce, and revolutionize domestic supply chains up and down the coasts and across the country. We are grateful for the partnership between California and the Biden-Harris Administration and are excited to bring a large-scale offshore wind industry to California. This agreement is a crucial first step for the industry, which will help unlock investment and will set up the West Coast for an even bigger floating offshore wind industry in the future.”
ACP bills itself as the voice of the clean power industry that is powering America’s future, providing cost-effective solutions to the climate crisis while creating jobs, spurring massive investment in the U.S. economy and driving high-tech innovation across the nation.