Assessment of Offshore Wind Leasing Areas in California

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This presentation summarizes an analysis of options for dividing Morro Bay and Humboldt Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) into offshore wind lease areas. The delineation process considered input from wind energy developers, physical characteristics of the sites, and potential effects of turbine layout and mooring technology selection on the energy generation capacity of each location. Two delineation options were assessed for the Humboldt WEA and four options for the Morro Bay WEA. The lease areas within each WEA were designed to have equal value and support approximately 1 gigawatt of generation capacity.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages34
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5000-83635


  • California
  • mooring
  • offshore wind


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