Rep. Huffman Applauds California Offshore Wind Lease Sale

December 07, 2022

Eureka, CA – Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) applauded the completion of today’s historic offshore wind auction held by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which includes two leases off the coast of Humboldt County in the second Congressional District.

“The completion of today’s auction is a tremendous step forward in the Biden administration’s offshore renewable energy goals and will bring significant economic benefits to California’s rural North Coast,” said Rep. Huffman. “Developers who have secured leases will play a critical role in our sustainable energy transition and ensuring that projects are thoughtfully constructed with mitigated impacts and strong community benefits agreements. I look forward to working with community and industry partners as these projects move forward.”

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s auction included two leases off the coast of Humboldt County and three leases off the coast of Morro Bay totaling 373,268 acres. Leases off the coast of Humboldt County were secured at auction for a combined $331,500,000 and include opportunities for workforce and supply chain development and community benefits agreements. Moving forward lessees must complete state and local permitting processes, federal and state environmental reviews, and submit design reviews, construction and operations plans, and bidding credit information to BOEM in order to proceed with a planned project.

More information about this auction can be found on BOEM’s website here.