California Activities


What's New?

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.

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.


Public Engagement

At the invitation of California's San Luis Obispo (SLO) County, BOEM joined the state of California in sharing information on current planning activities for possible offshore wind development during a public information meeting on April 13, 2017 in San Luis Obispo, California.

  • VIDEO RECORDING - April 13, 2017, Offshore Wind Public Meeting
  • AGENDA - April 13, 2017, Offshore Wind Public Meeting

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.

Next Steps

The next steps in BOEM’s renewable energy leasing process is to collect data and information on the area offshore California's central coast, including the area identified in the RFI.

Background Information/Resources

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