Update: California about to adopt big goals for offshore wind

California is eyeing ambitious goals for how much energy should be coming from offshore wind over the next 30 years. 

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Laura Deehan
State Director, Environment California

Author: Laura Deehan

State Director, Environment California

(415) 420-4710

Started on staff: 2002
University of California at Davis (1997-2001)

Laura directs Environment California’s work to tackle global warming, protect the ocean and fight for clean air, clean water, open spaces and a livable planet. Laura stepped into the State Director role in January, 2021 and has been on staff for over twenty years. She has led campaigns to make sure California goes big on offshore wind, to save solar and to get lead out of school drinking water. As the Environment California Field Director, she worked to get California to go solar, ban single use plastic grocery bags and get on track for 100% clean energy. Laura lives with her family in Richmond, California where she enjoys hiking, yoga and baking.

California is poised to set an ambitious goal for offshore wind off the coast over the next 30 years. Although we don't have a single offshore wind turbine in the water yet, today marks the day of the state's energy commission workshop on their proposed goal for offshore wind in California. The result of an Environment California sponsored bill that was signed into law last year.

The draft goal that came out last week proposed 3GW by 2030 and 10-15GW by 2045, with a view to get to 20GW by 2050, pending technological improvements. 

Given the necessity to get to 100% clean energy and the urgency to do it as fast as possible, Environment California is calling on the Governor and the Energy Commission to set an even more ambitous goal of at least 5 GW by 2030 and 20GW by 2045 at today's workshop. Join us to submit a comment here! 

Laura Deehan
State Director, Environment California

Author: Laura Deehan

State Director, Environment California

(415) 420-4710

Started on staff: 2002
University of California at Davis (1997-2001)

Laura directs Environment California’s work to tackle global warming, protect the ocean and fight for clean air, clean water, open spaces and a livable planet. Laura stepped into the State Director role in January, 2021 and has been on staff for over twenty years. She has led campaigns to make sure California goes big on offshore wind, to save solar and to get lead out of school drinking water. As the Environment California Field Director, she worked to get California to go solar, ban single use plastic grocery bags and get on track for 100% clean energy. Laura lives with her family in Richmond, California where she enjoys hiking, yoga and baking.