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CA - Comeback grants Port of Humboldt Bay $11 million to support offshore wind development

The California Assembly voted on Thursday to pass AB 525, legislation that would direct state agencies to plan for the development of utility-scale offshore wind energy.

EUREKA, Calif. — The California Assembly voted on Thursday to pass AB 525, legislation that would direct state agencies to plan for the development of utility-scale offshore wind energy.

Last week's vote came on the heels of an agreement between California and the federal government to open up state coastal waters to offshore wind development on Tuesday May 25.

On May 25, as part of the California Comeback Plan, Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed $20 million in funding to support the state's offshore wind capacity, including:

  • $11 million to support the Port of Humboldt to apply for federal funding for upgrades that will enable it to support offshore wind deployment.
  • $6.5 million supporting staff at the California Coastal Commission and California Department of Fish and Wildlife for accelerated environmental review and front-loaded environmental analysis where feasible. $2.1 million for environmental studies on offshore wind impacts.
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