BOEM Joins State of California and San Luis Obispo County at Local Informational Forum on Offshore Wind Planning in California

04-10-2017

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) would like to remind you that we will join the State of California in sharing information on current planning activities for possible offshore wind development along California during a public information meeting on offshore wind energy on April 13, 2017 in San Luis Obispo, California. San Luis Obispo County Supervisors Bruce Gibson (2ndDistrict) and Adam Hill (3rd District) will host the meeting. 

In October 2016, BOEM and the State of California convened the BOEM California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force (Task Force), a partnership of federal, state, local agencies and tribal governments, as a forum to provide information to the decision-making process for planning future offshore renewable energy development in federal waters offshore California.  

BOEM and the State of California are currently gathering environmental information and ocean use data for the entire coast of California to inform the offshore wind planning process. Initial emphasis for this effort is on California's Central Coast region due to viable wind energy resources, current commercial interest by offshore wind developers, and available existing transmission infrastructure. 

SLO County Supervisor Gibson invited representatives of the Task Force to attend and share information about offshore wind planning activities with the local community. To that end, BOEM and the State of California will provide information on the planning timeline, discuss additional opportunities for public participation throughout the process, and provide a demonstration of the recently launched California Offshore Renewable Wind Energy Gateway (Gateway), a web-based spatial planning tool that assembles geospatial information on ocean wind resources, ecological and natural resources, ocean commercial and recreational uses, and community values. The Gateway, created in support of the Task Force, is available at https://caoffshorewind.databasin.org/. 

In addition to the scheduled presentations, the public will have the opportunity to provide input and ask questions of the Task Force representatives. 

This meeting is scheduled for:

Date:       Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time:       6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: San Luis Obispo County Government Center 
                Board Chambers
               1055 Monterey Street, Room D-170
                San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

The meeting will be streamed live on the SLO-SPAN network website at www.slo-span.org, and subsequently archived on the SLO-SPAN network website for future viewing 

More information on the Task Force can be found at https://www.boem.gov/California/. 

SLO County Supervisor Bruce Gibson represents the Second District which extends along the California coast from the Monterey County line in the north and past the City of Morro Bay and portions of the City of San Luis Obispo in the south. 

SLO County Supervisor Adam Hill represents the Third District which extends along the California coast from Grover Beach in the south to areas northwest of Avila Beach. 

John Romero, public affairs officer
US Department of the Interior
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management