The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will share information on current planning activities for possible offshore wind development along the California coast during a public information meeting on Dec. 13 in San Luis Obispo, California.
BOEM published a call for information and nominations on Oct. 19 to solicit public input on the potential for offshore wind energy development within three call areas: two in central California and one in northern California. BOEM also seeks to obtain nominations and industry interest in commercial wind energy leases in these call areas.
At the meeting, BOEM will discuss how the public can comment on the call, the planning timeline and additional opportunities for public participation. BOEM will also provide a demonstration of the California Offshore Wind Energy Gateway, a Web-based spatial planning tool being used by BOEM and the State of California to collect and share information on offshore uses and resources to inform decision-making. In addition, the public will have the opportunity to provide input and ask questions of state agency representatives and other BOEM California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force members.