Commission staff will be conducting reviews of consistency determinations (CDs) from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management of proposed lease areas in federal waters of the North and Central Coasts. The documents below are meant to provide the interested public with the status of these CDs, any issues arising from the review, and some information received from the federal agency as part of this review process. The Commission conditionally concurred with BOEM’s CD for the Humboldt Wind Energy Area in April 2022. The hearing for the proposed Morro Bay Wind Energy Area is anticipated for June 2022. Comments on this item should be directed to osw@coastal.ca.gov.

Staff Recommendation:


  • The staff recommendation for the Morro Bay offshore wind leasing activities consistency determination is now available as item 7a on the Commission’s June 8th agenda. To submit written comments on the staff recommendation, please email osw@coastal.ca.gov before 5:00 PM on Friday, June 3rd. A full description of commenting options and procedures is provided in the hearing notice. The June Commission hearing will be a hybrid meeting, which will allow for virtual participation through zoom, and in-person participation at the meeting location in Del Mar, California.

Background:

On September 9, 2021, Commission staff provided an informational briefing on the process of federal consistency review for the proposed offshore wind lease sale. A recording of the briefing is available under Item 7a on the September agenda (time stamp 1:08:22 on the video archive).