The Commission’s adoption of its landmark Strategic Plan creates an actionable pathway to develop 25 GW of offshore wind by 2045 to help California meet its climate goals

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 10, 2024 — Today, the California Energy Commission approved the strategic plan required by Assembly Bill 525, affirming that offshore wind development is a crucial element to achieve the state’s renewable energy and economic development goals. 

“We commend the California Energy Commission for its leadership in planning toward 25 GW of offshore wind by 2045,” said Molly Croll, Pacific Offshore Wind Director, American Clean Power Association. “The approved plan outlines a pathway to scale up the offshore wind economy, advance port infrastructure upgrades, and facilitate transmission investments, reinforcing the crucial role of central procurement to spur these investments. ACP-CA stands ready to work with the State of California and all stakeholders on timely implementation of this plan to build out the offshore wind industry sustainably and to achieve our climate goals.”

The AB 525 Strategic Plan includes assessments and recommendations related to marine resources, sea-space planning, tribal engagement, fishery relations, permitting, workforce development, port development, and transmission. The strategic offshore wind plan will now be submitted to the California Natural Resources Agency and the Legislature. The Final AB 525 Report is available here.

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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.