Landmark offshore wind bill becomes law in California

Offshore wind could have met 150% of California’s 2019 electricity needs. A new law promises to harness that potential. 

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Offshore wind could have met 150% of California’s 2019 electricity needs. A new law promises to harness that potential. 

On Sept. 23, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an Environment California-sponsored offshore wind bill into law. The landmark legislation requires state agencies to boost offshore wind production and develop the West Coast’s first utility-scale offshore wind projects. In California, where the coastal winds blow faster than in any other state, offshore wind will play an important role in transitioning to 100% renewable energy reliance. 

“Investing in offshore wind is an essential piece of the puzzle when it comes to California building an electricity grid that is resilient, reliable and renewable," said Environment California Clean Energy Associate Elizabeth Nickerson. “Our lawmakers have put our state on the right path to building our resilience, improving our air quality, and tapping into the limitless power of offshore wind.”

Environment California will build on this victory as we work to accelerate our state’s clean energy transition.

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Photo: Before the Legislature’s vote, Environment California State Director Laura Deehan spoke about the numerous benefits offshore wind can bring to California. Credit: Staff

Mary Katherine Moore
Content Creator

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.