The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Vitality Administration (BOEM) mentioned Thursday it had accomplished its environmental evaluation of potential impacts from offshore wind power leasing actions within the Humboldt Wind Vitality Space, positioned 20 miles offshore northern California. Primarily based on its evaluation, BOEM has issued a discovering of no vital impression (FONSI).
“The completion of this Environmental Evaluation represents an necessary step ahead for making certain that any future renewable power improvement – ought to a lease sale happen — is completed in a accountable method,” mentioned BOEM Director Amanda Lefton. “Working intently with Tribes, state and federal companions and key stakeholders, BOEM stays targeted on making certain that such improvement is completed in a manner that avoids or reduces potential impacts to the setting and different ocean customers within the area.”
BOEM’s Environmental Evaluation (EA) considers potential impacts from the issuance of leases throughout the Wind Vitality Space that includes practically 132,369 acres (206.8 sq. miles) off the coast of Humboldt County, California. The Humboldt Wind Vitality Space, if developed, might see the set up of wind generators of as much as 1.6 GW capability in whole, which is sufficient to energy roughly 560,000 houses.
The EA considers potential environmental penalties of website characterization actions (i.e., organic, archeological, geological, and geophysical surveys and core samples) and website evaluation actions (i.e., set up of meteorological buoys). The EA additionally considers challenge easements related to every potential lease and associated right-of-way grants for subsea cable corridors within the Humboldt Wind Vitality Space.
Ought to a lease sale happen and earlier than approving the development of any offshore wind power facility within the Humboldt Wind Vitality Space, BOEM will develop an Environmental Affect Assertion underneath the Nationwide Environmental Coverage Act to research the project-specific environmental and socioeconomic penalties, in session with Tribes and acceptable federal, state, and native businesses, and with participation by stakeholders and the general public.
On April 6, 2022 BOEM introduced the discharge of the draft Morro Bay Wind Vitality Space Environmental Evaluation (EA) for public remark. The draft EA analyzed potential impacts from future business leasing and associated website characterization and evaluation actions throughout the Morro Bay WEA, which is positioned roughly 20 miles off the central California shoreline.
The Morro Bay WEA covers roughly 240,898 acres (376 sq. miles), which, if developed might deliver to the grid as much as 3 GW of electrical energy – sufficient to energy greater than 1 million houses.
The announcement initiated a 30-day public evaluation and remark interval on the draft EA, which can finish at 11:59 p.m. (Japanese) on Friday, Could 6, 2022.
The Biden administration plans to have 30 GW of put in offshore wind capability by 2030, which the administration mentioned can be sufficient to energy 10 million houses and reduce 78 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per yr.