California and Washington Activities
As part of the West Coast Governors Alliance (WCGA) on Ocean Health, a regional ocean partnership, Washington and California have agreed to collaborate with the BOEM, Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other agencies to evaluate the potential benefits and impacts of renewable ocean energy projects off the West Coast. An additional goal is to develop the planning and regulatory structure for these activities.
The Renewable Ocean Energy Action Coordination Team, a collaborative working group established by the WCGA, developed a shared strategy among the States to ensure that when renewable ocean energy development activities are proposed along the west coast, comprehensive planning will occur to increase renewable energy generation and minimize negative impacts to marine ecosystems and coastal communities.
The BOEM has received indications of interest in renewable energy projects on the OCS off of Washington and California; however, no lease requests have been received and no OCS Renewable Energy Task Force has been established in either State. Task Forces are initiated at the request of a State Governor, as they have been in Oregon, Hawaii, and other states along the Atlantic coast. BOEM will work with FERC on hydrokinetic project management.