Supporting Sustainable Offshore Wind Energy Development for the State of California
CBI is assisting the California Renewable Energy Intergovernmental Task Force in planning offshore wind energy development, helping California meet its long‐term energy and carbon reduction goals, create new jobs, diversify the state’s energy supplies, and reduce air pollution from fossil‐fuel power generation. The Renewable Energy Intergovernmental Task Force is a partnership of members of state, local and tribal governments and federal agencies created to provide critical information to the decision-making process for planning future renewable energy development opportunities in federal waters off the coast of California.
In this new phase of work for the California Ocean Protection Council & California Energy Commission, CBI will provide analysis techniques and online tools to assemble and analyze spatial data in a transparent and interactive manner with participation by industry, agencies, ocean users and stakeholders.
Data about the marine environment’s species and habitats, ecologically sensitive areas, tribal and cultural values, unique coastal and recreational values, wind energy technical data, and existing ocean uses such as commercial and recreational fisheries will enable the state to identify ecologically sensitive areas and assess potential impacts resulting from an offshore wind project off the coast of Central and Northern California. CBI will conduct analyses to help identify areas that maximize energy generation potential while preserving existing ocean uses and protecting the marine and coastal environments.
An existing online tool, the California Offshore Wind Energy Gateway (https://caoffshorewind.databasin.org/), provides a place for all interested parties to access and interact with spatial information relevant to ocean energy planning and will be updated with the results from this new phase of work. A new tool, the California Energy Infrastructure Planning Analyst (CEIPA, http://ceipa.databasin.org/), will support evaluation and comparison of sites using these data, allowing users to look at results under a variety of different priorities in and inputs.