Offshore wind bill sails through California Legislature

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

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Mary Katherine Moore
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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.

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

On Sept. 9, the California Legislature passed an Environment California-sponsored offshore wind bill. The landmark legislation would require state agencies to boost the state’s offshore wind production and advance the development of the West Coast’s first utility-scale offshore wind projects. In California, where the coastal winds blow faster and harder than any other state’s, offshore wind will play an important role in the state’s transition 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. “The legislature has put our state on the right path to building our resilience, improving our air quality, and addressing climate impacts.” 

The bill now heads to the governor’s desk. 

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Photo: Before the Legislature’s vote, Environment California Clean Energy Associate Elizabeth Nickerson 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.