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Offshore wind energy

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Our research, community engagement, and student training programs are funded by:

  • California Energy Commission
  • California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
  • California Ocean Protection Council
  • Redwood Region Climate and Community Resilience Hub
  • Private donors

Interested to contribute to our offshore wind programs? Please contact us to learn about ways you can engage.

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In 2019, our team began conducting a range of studies to assess the feasibility of offshore wind development for the region off Humboldt Bay, California. Our first 24 studies included energy generation and transmission; economics and job development; port and coastal infrastructure; environmental and geological systems; and community needs and goals for shared ocean resources.

In May 2021, we completed a preliminary feasibility assessment for Del Norte County.

In March of 2022, we completed an updated transmission study that looked at generation potential within current infrastructure constraints.

In January 2023, we released an analysis of Competitive Offshore Wind Leases on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.

In October 2023, we released updated and expanded transmission analyses for Northern California and Southern Oregon.


Key collaborators on our offshore wind studies include:

  • American Bureau of Shipping
  • H.T. Harvey and Associates
  • MARE
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Moffat & Nichol
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL)
  • Principle Power
  • Quanta Technology


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Offshore wind and transmission infrastructure in northwestern CA: March 25, 2024

Transmission analyses: slide decks from recent presentations

Seabirds in 3D: a new framework for assessing collision vulnerability with floating offshore wind: April 27, 2023

Transmission alternatives for California north coast offshore wind: May 25, 2022

Exploring the Feasibility of Offshore Wind Energy for the CA North Coast

In the fall of 2020, our team hosted a series of five webinar workshops on the feasibility of offshore wind energy development on California’s north coast.

In each webinar, we shared topical findings from our recently conducted studies, followed by a moderated panel discussion, and then a community Q&A.

Energy Production and Delivery, and Economic Development (9/14/20)

Ecological and Geological Environment (9/21/20)

Port and Coastal Infrastructure (9/28/20)

Community Perspectives on Regional Impacts and Opportunities (10/5/20)

Reflections and Next Steps (10/19/20)


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