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 sought 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 comment period closed on January 28, 2019. Public comments received are available for viewing online at https://www.regulations.gov/docketBrowser?rpp=25&so=DESC&sb=commentDueDate&po=0&D=BOEM-2018-0045
California Call Areas
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 September, 2018, BOEM received an unsolicited lease request from the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA). The proposed project area requested by RCEA is within the Humboldt Call Area identified in the Call for Information and Nominations (Call) published on October 19, 2018.
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.
- Pacific Regional Collaboration - Learn more about BOEM's involvement in the West Coast Ocean Alliance and West Coast Ocean Data Network.
- CEC Workshops on Offshore Renewable Energy archived webcast, presentations and handouts
- 2017 - California Offshore Wind Public Information Meeting April 13, in San Luis Obispo, CA
- VIDEO RECORDING - April 13, 2017, Offshore Wind Public Meeting
- AGENDA - April 13, 2017, Offshore Wind Public Meeting
- 2016 - California Ocean Renewable Energy Conference, November 1-2, in Davis, California
- BOEM-NREL 2014 Ocean Renewable Energy Workshop
- A Citizen's Guide to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's Renewable Energy Authorization Process
- National Environmental Policy Act Citizen's Guide
- Fact Sheet: BOEM Renewable Energy Program
- Fact Sheet: BOEM Leasing Process
- Fact Sheet: California Offshore Renewable Energy, BOEM California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force