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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