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Offshore wind energy on California’s Central Coast. What you need to know

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Join us for a live Q&A with experts to discuss the potential offshore wind turbine development coming to California’s Central Coast.

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The federal government wants to open 399 square miles of the Pacific Ocean along California’s Central Coast to floating offshore wind turbine development.

The proposed wind energy farm would be located about 20 miles off the shores of San Simeon and Cambria, northwest of Morro Bay, and it may generate up to three gigawatts of electricity at peak production.

That’s enough electricity to power about a million homes with non-emissions producing electricity.

The process to bring this massive offshore wind farm to the Central Coast has been in the works since 2016, but has only recently picked up steam. A lease sale auction may happen as soon as fall 2022.

So what exactly does this mean for our community in San Luis Obispo County? How will our coastline, ocean, economy, jobs and infrastructure be impacted?

The Tribune will hold a Live Q&A with a panel of experts to discuss this issue at Noon on Nov. 19.

The panelists:

  • Salud Carbajal, Central Coast Congressman
  • Doug Boren, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Pacific regional director
  • Karen Douglas, California Energy Commissioner
  • Melissa James, REACH CEO
  • Ben Ruttenberg, Cal Poly associate professor and director of the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences

We are taking questions from the audience. RSVP now and ask the panel a question.

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