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PRESS RELEASE – American Clean Power – California Commends Approval of 2023-2024 CAISO Transmission Plan Integrating Offshore Wind

Approval and completion of the transmission plan process completes first major step to building transmission updates for offshore wind in California.

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 23, 2024 Today, California Independent System Operator (CAISO) approved the 2023-2024 Transmission Plan that identifies and plans for key upgrades to California’s transmission system to deliver power from offshore wind turbines to California homes and businesses, signaling support for California’s burgeoning offshore wind industry.

“We applaud CAISO for thoughtfully integrating offshore wind energy into the 2023-2024 Transmission Plan, a significant step towards building California’s first offshore wind projects,” said Molly Croll, Pacific Offshore Wind Director, American Clean Power Association. “Offshore wind is a reliable and essential source of clean power for reducing the impacts of climate change and attaining 100% clean energy in California. We look forward to continuing work with CAISO and the state to advance transmission planning for offshore wind.”

The 2023-2024 CAISO Transmission Plan identifies a need to invest in 26 transmission infrastructure projects in California, including several projects on California’s North Coast that will upgrade grid capacity to integrate power from offshore wind turbines off the coast of Humboldt into the California grid.

To learn more about American Clean Power – California, visit https://cleanpower.org/acp-california.

For more information, contact:

Julie Stephens

julie@elevatepublicaffairs.com

About American Clean Power:

The American Clean Power Association (ACP) is the leading voice of today’s multi-tech clean energy industry, representing 750 utility-scale solar, wind, energy storage, green hydrogen and transmission companies. ACP is committed to meeting America’s national security, economic and climate goals with fast-growing, low-cost, and reliable domestic power. ACP-CA is a state project of ACP, representing diverse clean energy developers in the state.

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PRESS RELEASE – American Clean Power – California Honors Senator John Laird and Senator Josh Becker for Leadership in Clean Energy

Senator Laird and Senator Becker are being recognized for championing policies critical to meeting California’s clean energy goals

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 14, 2024 American Clean Power – California (ACP-CA) selects Senator Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park) and Senator John Laird (D-Monterey) as inaugural Clean Energy Leaders Award recipients in recognition of their outstanding commitment to advancing clean energy in California to meet our clean energy goals.

Senator Becker and Senator Laird have been at the forefront of supporting California’s transition to a clean energy future. Their efforts have significantly contributed to advancing policies that promote the growth of clean energy across the state.

Today, we celebrate Senator Laird and Senator Becker for their exceptional leadership in clean energy,” said Alex Jackson, Director of ACP-CA. “Their thoughtful policymaking will help modernize transmission, create California’s first-ever offshore wind market, and establish California’s position as a clean energy leader.”

“It’s an honor to receive this Clean Energy Leaders Award for my work driving the state towards meeting its clean energy goals,” said Senator Becker. “Clean energy growth alongside vital investment in modern transmission systems is critical to our state’s sustainable economic future and addressing climate change.”

“I’m dedicated to facing climate change and forging solutions to manage its impacts, as well as advancing clean energy jobs and affordability, so it’s an honor to be recognized as a clean energy leader by ACP-CA,” said Senator Laird. “I look forward to advancing California’s leadership in clean energy development by continuing to promote diverse clean energy technologies and the thoughtful and responsible development of California’s first-ever offshore wind market.”

Senator Becker and Senator Laird were presented with their Clean Energy Leader Awards yesterday at a reception hosted by ACP-CA. The reception followed a lobby day where ACP-CA member companies shared an update with legislators on their priorities for California’s transition to 100% clean energy.

In selecting the award recipients, ACP-CA focused on policymakers who have significantly contributed to California’s clean energy advancements, addressing climate change, and deploying solutions that help achieve the state’s clean energy goals.

To learn more about American Clean Power – California, visit https://cleanpower.org/acp-california.

For more information, contact:

Julie Stephens

julie@elevatepublicaffairs.com

About American Clean Power: 

The American Clean Power Association (ACP) is the leading voice of today’s multi-tech clean energy industry, representing 750 utility-scale solar, wind, energy storage, green hydrogen and transmission companies. ACP is committed to meeting America’s national security, economic and climate goals with fast-growing, low-cost, and reliable domestic power. ACP-CA is a state project of ACP, representing diverse clean energy developers in the state.

 

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American Clean Power California Applauds the California Energy Commission’s Release of a Strategic Plan Outlining a Path Forward for Offshore Wind in California

Recommendations show how offshore wind must be a part of California’s renewable energy portfolio to meet its clean energy goals.

SACRAMENTO, Calif., January 22, 2024 The California Energy Commission (CEC) has unveiled a draft of its AB 525 Offshore Wind Strategic plan, demonstrating the critical role of the industry in achieving the state’s renewable energy and economic development goals.

“We commend the California Energy Commission for leading this tremendous effort that maps out well-researched recommendations on how to develop offshore wind in a timely, sustainable, and uplifting manner,” said Molly Croll, Pacific Offshore Wind Director, American Clean Power Association. “We appreciate the CEC’s dedication to our offshore wind target of 25 GW by 2045, signaling California’s embrace of offshore wind. The report provides a clear assessment of the value of offshore wind and identifies a number of areas of public policy support needed for the industry to succeed. We look forward to partnering with the state to begin the urgent work needed to advance priority transmission planning, central procurement, and port funding.”

The strategic offshore wind plan was created in response to AB 525 (Chiu). It includes assessments and recommendations related to marine resources, sea-space planning, tribal, and fishery relations, permitting, workforce development, port development, and transmission. For the full AB 525 report, click here.

Alongside the release of the offshore wind report, ACP-CA applauds Governor Newsom’s appointment of Jana Ganion as Senior Advisor for Offshore Wind. This appointment is a crucial step that underscores the Administration’s commitment to driving an effective, whole-of-government approach to offshore wind implementation.

California’s bold vision for offshore wind will be realized with the steadfast commitment and participation of state leadership, stakeholders, and industry.

For more information, contact:

Julie Stephens

julie@elevatepublicaffairs.com

 

About American Clean Power Association (ACP)

The American Clean Power Association (ACP) is the leading voice of today’s multi-tech clean energy industry, representing 750 utility-scale solar, wind, energy storage, green hydrogen, and transmission companies. ACP is committed to meeting America’s national security, economic, and climate goals with fast-growing, low-cost, and reliable domestic power. ACP-CA is a state project of ACP, representing diverse clean energy developers in the state, including the first five California offshore wind leaseholders.

 

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PRESS RELEASE – American Clean Power-California Launches Council of Offshore Wind Leaseholders

American Clean Power-California Launches Council of Offshore Wind Leaseholders
Five Leaseholders Join Together to Advance California’s First Offshore Wind Projects

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—October 19, 2023—California’s first-ever offshore wind leaseholders now have a unified voice. The American Clean Power Association (ACP) announced the establishment of the California Council of Offshore Wind Leaseholders (CCOWL), a council within ACP-California (ACP-CA) dedicated to fostering the emerging California floating offshore wind market and advancing the state’s first projects.

“Offshore wind’s untapped potential on the West Coast could be the key to achieving California’s ambitious climate and reliability goals while supporting regional jobs and community opportunities,” said Molly Croll, Pacific Offshore Wind Director, American Clean Power Association. “We welcome the expertise and dedication of CCOWL members to strengthen our collective mission of meeting California’s emissions-free future.”

CCOWL represents the offshore wind developers who will help pave the pathway for the development of floating offshore wind and supporting infrastructure, working closely with local communities and state policymakers. The council members are Invenergy, RWE, Equinor, Golden State Wind, and Vineyard Offshore; membership will be open to future leaseholders going forward.

“Offshore wind developments have the potential to provide reliable power to 25 million homes throughout the state,” said Alex Jackson, Director of ACP-CA. “We are grateful for the commitment of the founding members of CCOWL to jumpstart the state’s offshore wind industry, tapping one the state’s largest sources of 100 percent clean power and creating tens of thousands of high-wage jobs for Californians.”

 

MEMBER COMPANY STATEMENTS

“Offshore wind will be a key resource in meeting California’s nation-leading renewable energy targets, while providing energy security and stimulating economic activity across the state,” said Martin Goff, Equinor Project Director for California. “We look forward to leveraging our expertise and operating experience with floating offshore wind and collaborating as an industry through this leaseholder group to develop this burgeoning new industry safely and efficiently along the West Coast.”

“Golden State Wind, looks forward to bringing clean and renewable power to the Central Coast – and all of California – using the floating offshore wind technology pioneered by our parent company Ocean Winds.” Said Tyler Studds, CEO of Golden State Wind. “We are proud to work with our fellow leaseholders to move forward with the speed, care and local engagement that will be needed to craft a new robust, equitable and sustainable industry that will lift up local communities and economies while helping to meet the climate challenge.”

“California is taking meaningful steps toward securing clean and reliable offshore wind power,” said Christian Scorzoni, VP and Head of External Affairs. “Floating offshore wind is the future of sustainable energy generation and Vineyard Offshore, partnered with CIP, brings extensive experience in this technology. We look forward to working with the local community and collaborating with fellow leaseholders to nurture this industry’s growth and provide Californians with skilled career opportunities.”

“Invenergy is excited to be one of the five foundational offshore wind leaseholders in California and looks forward to working with the fellow leaseholders and ACP to advance necessary policies to establish a durable floating offshore wind industry in the state, said Erin Lieberman, Executive Vice President, Environmental Compliance and Strategy, Invenergy. “The collaboration of this group will be instrumental to realizing the benefits that floating offshore wind represents for all Californians.”

“California is well positioned to be a global leader on floating wind and leverage this new technology to meet its aggressive net-zero goals — but we need to come together as an industry through this newly created Council to educate the public and advocate for the compelling benefits of offshore wind for Californians,” said Rob Mastria, RWE Project Director for California. “Positive change doesn’t happen on its own but only through our collective commitment and hard work.”

To learn more about California Council of Offshore Wind Leaseholders, visit www.pacificoffshorewind.org.

 

For more information, contact:

Julie Stephens

julie@elevatepublicaffairs.com

 

About American Clean Power Association (ACP)

The American Clean Power Association (ACP) is the leading voice of today’s multi-tech clean energy industry, representing 750 utility-scale solar, wind, energy storage, green hydrogen and transmission companies. ACP is committed to meeting America’s national security, economic and climate goals with fast-growing, low-cost, and reliable domestic power. ACP-CA is a state project of ACP, representing diverse clean energy developers in the state.

 

About California Council of Offshore Wind Leaseholders (CCOWL)

The California Council of Offshore Wind Leaseholders (CCOWL) is a coalition of offshore wind leaseholders dedicated to advancing the development of offshore wind energy projects along California’s coast. CCOWL seeks to harness the economic, environmental, and clean energy benefits of offshore wind to help California meet its sustainability and renewable energy goals.

 

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