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Call for Information and Nominations

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) on October 19, 2018 to obtain nominations from companies interested in commercial wind energy leases within the proposed areas off central and northern California.

In addition to nominations, BOEM seeks public input on the potential for wind energy development in the Call Areas. This includes site conditions, resources, and multiple uses in close proximity to, or within, the Call Areas that would be relevant to BOEM’s review of any nominations submitted, as well as BOEM’s subsequent decision whether to offer all or part of the Call Areas for commercial wind leasing.















The Call is open for a 100 day comment period. 
The comment period will close on January 27, 2019. All responses will be reported on http://www.regulations.gov.

Nominations should be postmarked no later than the date above and submitted in written form to the following address. In addition to a paper copy of the nomination, include an electronic copy of the nomination on a data storage device. BOEM will list the parties that submitted nominations and the location of the proposed lease areas (i.e., OCS blocks nominated) on the BOEM website after the 100-day comment period has closed.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Office of Strategic Resource Renewable Energy Energy Section
760 Paseo Camarillo, Suite 102
Camarillo, California 93010

Comments and other submissions of information may be submitted by either of the following two methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the entry titled “Enter Keyword or ID,” enter BOEM-2018-0045, and then click “search.” Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view supporting and related materials available for this notice.

  • U.S. Postal Service or other delivery service. Send your comments and information to the following address:

    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
    Office of Strategic Resource Renewable Energy Energy Section
    760 Paseo Camarillo, Suite 102
    Camarillo, California 93010

All responses will be reported on http://www.regulations.gov

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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