California Governor calls for at least 20 GW of offshore wind in 2045

Offshore wind farm. Author: Beverley Goodwin. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

July 26 (Renewables Now) - California Governor Gavin Newsom is calling for the increase of the state’s offshore wind target to at least 20 GW in 2045 as part of an aggressive action plan that aims to accelerate the energy transition.

The governor announced a new set of plans on Friday to help California achieve its 2030 climate targets and its goal of becoming carbon neutral no later than 2045. In a letter to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), he is also asking the state regulatory agency to develop measures to reduce the severity of climate change.

For offshore wind, in particular, Newsom is proposing a ramp-up of capacity so that at least 20 GW of offshore turbines are installed in 2045. The current targets are for up to 15 GW of installed capacity by 2045 and 20 GW by 2050. According to the governor, the new goal has to be established through the California Energy Commission as one of the measures to address climate change.

Apart from offshore wind deployment, the plan envisages efforts to advance clean fuels, climate-friendly homes, carbon removal and steps to prevent methane leaks.

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