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SLO Offshore Wind Forum Planned For April 13

March 29,2017-
Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 4.01.02 PMAt the invitation of California’s San Luis Obispo (SLO) County, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will join the State of California in sharing information on current planning activities for possible offshore wind development along California during a public information meeting on offshore wind energy on April 13, 2017 in San Luis Obispo, California. SLO County Supervisors Bruce Gibson (2nd District) and Adam Hill (3rd District) will host the meeting.

The forum will be held as two companies vie to build a multi-million dollar project off the Central Coast near Morro Bay. The two firms competing to lease the same offshore lands from BOEM are Trident Winds and Norway-based Statoil.

In October 2016, BOEM and the State of California convened the BOEM California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force (Task Force), a partnership of federal, state, local agencies and tribal governments, as a forum to provide information to the decision-making process for planning future offshore renewable energy development in federal waters offshore California.

BOEM and the State of California are currently gathering environmental information and ocean use data for the entire coast of California to inform the offshore wind planning process. Initial emphasis for this effort is on California’s Central Coast region due to viable wind energy resources, current commercial interest by offshore wind developers, and available existing transmission infrastructure.

SLO County Supervisor Gibson invited representatives of the Task Force to attend and share information about offshore wind planning activities with the local community. To that end, BOEM and the State of California will provide information on the planning timeline, discuss additional opportunities for public participation throughout the process, and provide a demonstration of the Data Basin Portal, a web-based spatial planning tool that will be used to collect and share information on offshore uses and resources that will inform future decision making. In addition, the public will have the opportunity to provide input and ask questions of the Task Force representatives.

This meeting is scheduled for:
Date:        Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time:        6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location:  San Luis Obispo County Government Center
Board
Chambers
1055 Monterey Street, Room D-170
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
More information on the Task Force can be found a https://www.boem.gov/California/.
SLO County Supervisor Bruce Gibson represents the Second District which extends along the California coast from the Monterey County line in the north and past the City of Morro Bay and portions of the City of San Luis Obispo in the south.
SLO County Supervisor Adam Hill represents the Third District which extends along the California coast from Grover Beach in the south to areas northwest of Avila Beach.

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