BlueGreen Alliance Submits Comments on Pacific Wind Lease Sales on the Outer Continental Shelf in California
Offshore wind energy presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to contribute to this mission if developed responsibly with high road labor standards, a domestic supply chain, equitable community benefits, and environmental protection that avoids, minimizes, and mitigates impacts to wildlife, ecosystems, and natural resources at each phase of development.
We appreciate the attention to all of these aspects in the Proposed Sale Notice and offer the following comments that we believe will strengthen the intended outcomes of the proposed lease stipulations, bidding credits, and community benefit agreements.
Last year, California passed Assembly Bill 525 (AB 525) to evaluate the maximum feasible capacity of offshore wind that can be deployed to meet the 100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2018. The law recognizes, among other things, the economic and workforce development benefits that offshore wind could provide California, including the development and preservation of a skilled and trained construction workforce to carry out projects, long-term job creation, and development of an offshore wind energy supply chain.
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