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Offshore Wind in California has High Potential for Jobs and Economic Impact

A report from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management investigated the possible impacts of offshore wind energy off the coast of California. The report looked into floating turbine technology since the West Coast is too deep for the anchored structures currently being constructed on the East Coast. Two scenarios, 16 gigawatts by 2050 and 10 gigawatts by 2050, were the focus and the report found that a higher capacity installed over a shorter period of time resulted in more local materials used and better economic impacts.

Offshore Wind in California

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