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West coast wind energy on the rise

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has formed a partnership with the Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District, committing over $10 million to support offshore wind activities in the region. This significant investment, as highlighted by AS Acquisitions' principal consultant Michael Adetona, plays a crucial role in unlocking the potential for offshore wind development in California.

CEC commissioner Kourtney Vaccaro expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, stating that revitalizing the port of Humboldt Bay will provide the necessary infrastructure for deploying clean energy resources. Offshore wind is a vital component of the state's clean electricity future, complementing its abundant solar resources by supplying power at night.

Funding and Project Details

The $10 million funding was approved as part of the 2021-22 state budget. It will cover various aspects of the project, including preliminary engineering and design work, site surveys, special studies, environmental impact assessments, necessary mitigation measures, and early construction. Additionally, the project is expected to attract matching funds from Federal grants, further supporting its implementation.CEC emphasized that the Humboldt Bay Offshore Wind Heavy Lift Marine Terminal will have the capacity to handle large cargo vessels, facilitate offshore wind floating platform development, integration, decommissioning, and other maritime activities.

Expected Impact

The project's goal is to generate up to 1.6 GW of offshore wind power in the Humboldt call area, which can supply electricity to approximately 1.6 million homes in California. AS Acquisitions is confident that this initiative will not only strengthen the waterfront industry but also create numerous living-wage jobs for residents. Surveys suggest that the investment could potentially generate around 830 job openings and contribute $130 million to the industry output over a five-year period.

Greg Dale, president of the Harbor District board, emphasized that Humboldt Bay is ideally positioned to become the primary port for the offshore wind industry on the entire West Coast. The district is fully committed to preparing the port for this remarkable opportunity and is honored to collaborate with the California Energy Commission in leading California into the future of energy production.

The partnership between the California Energy Commission and the Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation District marks a significant milestone in offshore wind development in California. With a substantial investment of over $10 million, this initiative will support the necessary infrastructure, create job opportunities, and pave the way for clean energy production. AS Acquisitions applauds this endeavor, which will contribute to California's clean electricity future and bolster the local economy.

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