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.


January 22, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room, First Floor
The Energy Commission will hold its regularly scheduled business meeting. The agenda is online and available for this meeting. Please go to
January 28, 2020 | 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM
1st Floor, Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room
California Energy Commission (CEC) staff will conduct a workshop to provide a public kick-off of two California offshore wind energy research projects.
February 5, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Remote Attendance Only
California Energy Commission (CEC) staff will conduct a webinar to present the research and development (R&D) opportunities identified for the Electric Program Investment Fund (EPIC) research roadmap on renewable energy generation technologies for utility-scale applications. This webinar will open the discussion to the public.


Energy Systems Infrastructure Planning

Scott Flint


Offshore Renewable Energy
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