California Activities


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September 17, 2018 - BOEM California Renewable Energy Intergovernmental Task Force Meeting


BOEM and the State of California are working together with stakeholders to identify and collect relevant data and information on existing ocean resources and uses to inform future decision-making for offshore wind leasing off California. To learn more about this extensive stakeholder outreach effort, please see the Interim Outreach Summary Report - CA Offshore Wind Energy Planning.

Public Engagement

BOEM continues to coordinate state and federal planning and permitting of offshore renewable energy through the BOEM California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force (California Task Force), a partnership of members of state, local and federally-recognized tribal governments and federal agencies. The task force also serves as a forum to: discuss stakeholder issues and concerns; exchange data and information about biological and physical resources, ocean uses and priorities; and facilitate early and continual dialogue and collaboration opportunities.

BOEM established the BOEM/California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force to promote planning and coordination, and to facilitate effective and efficient review of requests for commercial and research leases and right-of-way grants for power cables on the Federal outer continental shelf (OCS). The OCS begins 3 nautical miles offshore California. Members of the Task Force include representatives of Federal, state and local government agencies, and tribes.

Lease Planning Activities

The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act requires BOEM to award renewable energy leases competitively, unless BOEM determines there is no competitive interest. 

In January 2016, BOEM received an unsolicited request for a commercial lease from Trident Winds LLC. (Trident Winds). In order to determine competitive interest, BOEM published a notice in the Federal Register, "Potential Commercial Lease for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore California - Request for Interest (RFI) in Docket No. BOEM-2016-0051 on August 18, 2016.















The objective of the RFI was to determine whether or not other companies were interested in developing in the areas proposed in the unsolicited lease request (i.e., to determine competitive interest.) BOEM received one expression of interest from Statoil Wind US, LLC.

Based on responses to the RFI, there is competitive interest offshore California and BOEM and the State of California have initiated the competitive planning and leasing process for possible future leasing for offshore wind development off California.

BOEM is currently working with the State of California on planning for potential leasing for offshore wind in federal waters off California.

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