California approved the steps to begin planning for the West Coast’s first wind port. The effort is tied into the current program by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to open up key locations along the California coast for offshore wind farm development.
Tied to the effort to launch one of California’s first offshore wind farms near Humboldt Country in the northern part of the state, the California Energy Commission (CEC) at the end of last week approved a $10.5 million grant for renovations at the Port of Humboldt Bay to support offshore wind activities. According to the Commission, investing in offshore wind port infrastructure is critical to opening the opportunity for offshore wind development in California, with the opportunity to initially support the efforts through the development of a wind port. Read on.