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An offshore wind farm off Barrow, Ireland
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New California offshore wind report from the American Jobs Project

The American Jobs Project released a report today on California’s developing offshore wind energy sectorThe Schatz Center’s offshore wind team provided technical review comments on a pre-publication draft for this report.

This spring, the Center is embarking on a feasibility analysis of offshore wind development along California’s northern coast, with a focus on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Northern California Call Area. Funded through the California Ocean Protection Council, this project will conduct analysis related to four key areas: environmental impacts, coastal infrastructure, stakeholder benefits and concerns, and current policy constraints and recommendations. Offshore wind energy could be a powerful resource toward meeting California’s 2045 renewable energy goals, but a number of issues must be examined and understood before determining its viability within our region. For this study, we are collaborating with ecological consultants from H.T. Harvey and Associates, coastal engineering specialists from Mott MacDonald, and faculty in the Economics and Environmental Science & Management departments at Humboldt State.

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