Researchers Assess Possible Offshore Wind Energy Sites in California

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory used the laboratory’s Offshore Wind Cost Model to conduct a study identifying potential offshore wind sites in California. Potential Offshore Wind Energy Areas in California: An Assessment of Locations, Technology, and Costs identifies six sites capable of sustaining a commercial offshore wind project. Selection criteria included wind quality, physical site conditions, water depth, and proximity to necessary infrastructure. Using the laboratory’s advanced floating wind turbine techno-economic cost models, the team also estimated the levelized cost of energy for each location. BOEM funded the report.