Offshore wind is coming to the U.S. West Coast. Federal lease auctions are expected by fall of 2022, with the first round supporting some 4.6 gigawatts (GW) of power – and that’s just off California. West Coast states are getting on track to establish a sustainable floating wind industry that will generate jobs and economic development for decades. California, with its landmark AB 525 legislation, is setting a path towards integrating 10 GW or more of offshore wind in its climate and clean-power strategy. Oregon, Washington and Hawaii are working to add offshore wind to their clean-power portfolios. These West Coast opportunities hold tremendous promise, but they also require different technologies, supply chains, and construction methods than fixed-bottom projects on the Atlantic Coast.
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