"California could reap additional economic co-benefits from the development of a local offshore wind industry, boosting manufacturing and creating still additional jobs," the authors wrote. "Additionally, OSW has the potential to advance environmental justice through its reduction of ordinary air pollutants in urban areas and can bring economic opportunities to lagging areas of the state."
But the report outlines significant challenges for offshore wind growth in California, too.
The cost of offshore wind is still double that of solar-PV and onshore wind and isn't expected to reach parity until at least 2030. Additionally, new transmission infrastructure and upgrades are likely needed.
"Despite these hurdles, offshore wind has the potential to play a pivotal role in meeting the goals set by SB 100, as well as turning California into a global hub for offshore wind development," the authors wrote.
Meanwhile, California, in the midst of an energy crisis due to high temperatures, wildfires, and drought, is seeking relief with the import of five 30-MW gas-fired emergency generators, according to multiple news sources.
Bloomberg, California Energy Markets and others have reported that the California Department of Water Resources is procuring the gen-sets on a temporary basis. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared an energy state of emergency earlier.