California 2021 Task Force Meeting Four

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) convened a Task Force webinar on July 13, 2021.

The purpose of the meeting is to:

  1. Provide an update by BOEM and other Task Force members on activities relevant to offshore wind, and
  2. Discuss the next steps in the BOEM leasing process for establishing ‘Wind Energy Areas’ off California’s north and central coasts. 
  3. Provide opportunity for public input

Meeting Objectives:

  • Update Task Force members on progress since the March 2020 Task Force meeting.
  • Discuss next steps for offshore wind off California’s Central and North Coasts.
  • Outline next steps to provide input into the process.
  • Receive public input on Task Force items.
BOEM California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force Webinar
July 13, 2021


Webinar videos are linked below:


9:00-9:05 a.m.

Webinar Instructions and Guidance

Kearns & West, Facilitator

9:05-9:30 a.m.

Welcome, Opening Remarks & Introductions

Amanda Lefton, Director, BOEM

Wade Crowfoot, Secretary, CNRA

Karen Douglas, Commissioner, CEC

Mr. Ron Tickle, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, DOD

Kearns & West, Facilitator

9:30-9:35 a.m.

Agenda Review

Purpose of Meeting

Kearns & West, Facilitator

9:35-10:05 a.m.

Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Wind Energy Leasing in California

  • Approach to Offshore Wind Energy Planning
  • BOEM Process
  • North Coast Update
  • Central Coast Update
  • BOEM Lease Notices
  • Auctions

Jean Thurston-Keller, Task Force Coordinator, BOEM

10:05-10:50 a.m.

Task Force – Clarifying Questions and Discussion

Task Force Members Kearns & West, Facilitator

11:05-11:35 a.m.

Public Clarifying Questions and Answers

Interested individuals will be provided an opportunity to ask clarifying question on the topic of the OCS Wind Energy Leasing process in California.

Participants will submit their questions via the Zoom Q&A function. Questions will be read aloud by the facilitator.

11:35 a.m. -12:15p.m.

Task Force Member Updates

Clarifying questions (5 min)

Nakia Zavalla, Cultural Director, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Jana Ganion, Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe

Shirley Laos, Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria

Other invited Tribal representatives

Sara Guiltinan, BOEM

Thomas Gates, CEC

1:15-2:05 p.m.

Task Force Member Updates (cont.)

Clarifying questions (10 min)

Kate Huckelbridge, California Coastal Commission

Justine Kimball, OPC Eli Harland, CEC Chris Potter, CDFW

2:05-3:05 p.m.

Federal/State Studies and Other Updates

Rick Yarde, BOEM

Frank Pendleton, BOEM

Tyrone Conner, USCG

Steve Chung, DOD

David Withrow, CPUC

Jeffrey Billinton, CAISO

Rizaldo Aldas, CEC

3:15-3:50 p.m.

Next Steps in the Process

Clarifying Questions and Discussion

Jean Thurston-Keller, Task Force Coordinator, BOEM

Task Force Members Kearns & West, Facilitator

3:50-3:55 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Karen Douglas, Commissioner, CEC

Doug Boren, Regional Supervisor, BOEM

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Public Input Opportunity

Interested individuals will be provided an opportunity and are encouraged to provide input on the topics being considered and discussed by the Task Force.

Participants may provide input via the webinar chat box or verbally by clicking the “raise hand” icon to enter the queue. Public input submitted through the chat box will be read aloud by the facilitator. Those who wish to provide verbal input will be given a 1-3-minute time amount depending on the number of anticipated speakers. The queue of comments and questions will be moderated by the facilitator.



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.