BOEM designates wind energy area off central California

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has designated a 376-square mile area 20 miles off the California coast near Morro Bay as a wind energy area (WEA).

BOEM will now prepare an environmental assessment (EA), as required under the National Environmental Policy Act, to consider potential impacts from site-characterization activities (e.g., biological, archeological, geological and geophysical surveys) and site-assessment activities (e.g., installation of meteorological buoys) within the WEA.

A 60-day public comment period began on November 12 and will extend through 11:59 pm Eastern Time on January 11.

Once BOEM considers all public input, the agency will publish a draft EA for public review and comment. The analyses contained in the EA will help BOEM determine whether to move forward with a lease sale.

The Morro Bay WEA is adjacent to the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary along California’s central coast.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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