The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced it will conduct regional environmental studies for potential development activities in five offshore wind lease areas off California’s central and north coasts.
The Notice of Intent to Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) will be published in the Federal Register on December 20, opening a 60-day comment period. Feedback collected during the period will inform the scope and alternatives of PEIS.
“The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to responsibly harnessing the clean energy and economic potential of offshore wind power in California,” said BOEM’s Doug Bolen. “This regional environmental analysis will help ensure timely decisions are made to advance offshore wind power while protecting the marine environment, marine life, and other marine uses. This will ensure both comprehensive reviews and improved review efficiency for future offshore wind projects.”
The PEIS will describe the potential impacts of federal offshore wind energy development activities off the coast of California and changes in impacts that may result from the implementation of programmatic mitigation measures. BOEM will then conduct site-specific NEPA analyzes and consultations on each proposed project once the project’s construction and operations plan is accepted.