The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management–California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force is a partnership of state, local, and federal agencies, including the California Energy Commission, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and tribal governments. It will promote coordination and communication among those entities on potential offshore leases for research or commercial development.

A study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that areas off the West Coast and Hawaii have the potential of generating more than 1½ trillion watts of energy. That study also found that offshore wind hourly power characteristics are comparable to those for solar in California. 

For California, offshore wind farms would likely be sited far from the coast in federal waters, which starts three miles from shore and out to 200 nautical miles. Wind farms will likely use floating wind platforms, given the depth of the ocean when sited past the Continental Shelf.

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