Supporting California’s first-ever offshore wind project

Supporting California’s first-ever offshore wind project
Apr 27, 2023
Working with Floventis Energy to provide environmental services for CADEMO—a next-generation technology project that opens a new path toward California’s clean energy future

With the Biden administration’s proposal to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, California has a real opportunity to accelerate progress toward achieving its goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045.

We’re working with project developer Floventis Energy—a joint venture between Cierco, a longtime pioneer of onshore and offshore wind energy, and SBM Offshore, a publicly traded global leader in the offshore energy transition—and teaming partners Environmental Science Associates, H. T. Harvey & Associates, Applied Marine Sciences, and Moffatt & Nichol to provide environmental services for California’s first-ever offshore wind project.

CADEMO in Santa Barbara County is a 60-megawatt demonstration project that is opening a new path for California’s clean energy: next-generation technology, environmental best practices, and union jobs five years ahead of projects in federal waters. The project will feature floating wind foundations designed to address the deep waters off the coast of California. It will consist of four wind turbines connected with inter-array cables, and a subsea export cable will be installed to an onshore cable landing site at Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Our team was chosen for our technical expertise and local experience with California’s coastal marine and terrestrial environmental and engineering issues. We’ll provide baseline technical studies to support the California State Lands Commission’s independent environmental review of the project. We’ll also provide regulatory guidance to Floventis as it brings this important project to construction. The project will conduct environmental baseline studies and will contribute to floating wind environmental standards in California.

To successfully permit the CADEMO project, ICF and our teaming partners will contribute a unique combination of environmental and regulatory expertise, as well as extensive experience supporting California State Lands Commission applicants in establishing strategies, creating Assembly Bill 525 roadmaps, and preparing legally defensible environmental documentation.

"The environmental permitting process and requirements for major infrastructure projects like CADEMO is constantly evolving. We keep a finger on the pulse of these changes to help clients effectively navigate this complex regulatory landscape to keep projects moving ahead.”

ICF principal for environmental planning

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