AB-3 Offshore wind energy.

The “California Offshore Wind Energy & Jobs Act”

Existing law requires the California Energy Commission, in coordination with relevant federal, state, and local agencies, to develop a strategic plan for offshore wind (OSW) energy developments installed off the California coast in federal waters, and requires the Commission to submit the strategic plan to the Natural Resources Agency and the Legislature on or before June 30, 2023. Existing law requires the Commission, on or before June 1, 2022, to evaluate and quantify the maximum feasible capacity of OSW to achieve reliability, ratepayer, employment, and decarbonization benefits and to establish megawatt OSW planning goals for 2030 and 2045. Existing law requires the commission, in coordination with specified state entities, to work with stakeholders, other state, local, and federal agencies, and the OSW energy industry to identify suitable sea space for wind energy areas in federal waters sufficient to accommodate those OSW planning goals. Existing law requires the commission, in coordination with relevant state and local agencies, based on those identified sea spaces, to develop a plan to improve waterfront facilities that could support a range of floating OSW energy development activities. Existing law requires the Commission, in consultation with specified state entities, to assess the transmission investments and upgrades necessary to support those offshore wind planning goals. Existing law requires the commission to develop and produce a permitting roadmap that describes timeframes and milestones for a coordinated, comprehensive, and efficient permitting process for offshore wind energy facilities and associated electricity and transmission infrastructure off the coast of California. Existing law repeals these provisions on January 1, 2027.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact future legislation to accelerate the approval, implementation, and operation of OSW energy projects necessary to meet California’s climate action goals and the transition to a clean energy economy, clarify the authority of California governmental agencies related to the analysis and selection of feasible alternatives for seawater ports and transmission infrastructure improvements required to construct wind energy projects along the California coast, and specify criteria for the analysis and selection of port and transmission alternatives related to OSW energy projects to ensure the protection of the environment and sensitive habitats and robust community participation and comment, to keep the maximum number of jobs related to the construction of OSW energy projects in California, and to achieve environmental justice goals.

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