The path for offshore wind in California

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The Biden administration’s proposal for deploying 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030 presents a real opportunity for California, which plans to achieve a goal of zero-carbon energy resources supply by 2045. As the northern and central coasts of California are considered to have superior wind resource potential, our energy experts conducted an assessment of the renewable generation and demand profiles of offshore wind to determine if it can potentially reduce the strain on the grid by providing additional supply—particularly during the hours when solar generation declines. In this paper, we look at: 

  • The role of offshore wind development as a crucial part of the state's future supply mix 
  • The significant transmission chokepoints in Northern California 
  • The cost of network upgrades that will be required to integrate 1 GW of offshore wind 

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Meet the authors
  1. Himali Parmar, Vice President, Energy Advisory Services, Interconnection and Transmission

    Himali joined ICF in 2002 and is an expert in renewable integration, interconnection assessments, production cost modeling, forecasting transmission congestion and losses, and their effect on locational power prices and asset valuation. View bio

  2. Biwan Zhou, Manager, Power Markets