The plan also outlines the steps needed to promote a floating offshore wind industry in California, including port investments, improved transmission infrastructure, an improved permitting process, and supply chain and workforce development efforts.

California's AB 525, passed in 2021, directed the CEC to set offshore wind targets for 2030 and 2045. In 2022, the commission set a goal of generating 25 GW of offshore wind energy by 2045. It also directed the commission to develop the strategic plan released last month with a goal of using offshore wind to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2045.

To support these goals, Oceantic Network launched the West Coast Supplier Council in February, focused on the unique needs and development of the offshore wind sector and its supply chain in the region. Then in May, the network worked with the Council to publish the Suppliers' Guide to Success: Smart Scaling for the US West Coast Floating Wind Market, a report that analyzes the requirements for a full buildout of floating offshore wind on the West Coast and proposes industry and government solutions that will enable the creation of a thriving supply chain. Lawmakers took an important step last week by passing a bond that includes $475 million for offshore wind ports and $325 million for clean energy transmission.

“Oceantic Network and its West Coast Supplier Council thank the California Energy Commission for their extensive efforts to lay the groundwork for offshore wind in the Golden State and look forward to building on and implementing the final AB525 report,” said Sam Salustro, vice president of strategic communications at Oceantic Network. “Floating offshore wind delivers reliable clean energy at the scale needed to power California's energy transition. California's ambitious goal of installing 25 GW of offshore wind by 2045 has already positioned the state as a global leader in this emerging energy sector, but achieving this bold goal will require rapidly scaling up a new industry. The state plays a critical role in developing a viable industry and attracting a robust local supply chain by prioritizing immediate investments in port and transmission infrastructure, providing a long-term, predictable project pipeline, and targeting local supply chain investments that are globally cost competitive rather than pursuing local content requirements that can delay project implementation and increase costs. The network's West Coast Supplier Council members are veterans of early offshore wind development on the country's east coast and are eager to help California's stakeholders build the viable, scalable supply chain needed to realize the state's grand ambitions.”

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Oceantic Network

Offshore wind strategic plan

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