OWC’s Adrienne Fink attended the virtual meeting of the BOEM California Renewable Energy Intergovernmental Task Force meeting.
As we know, California is exciting the offshore wind world with it’s floating wind opportunities, but the regulatory journey will be complex. Our regulatory and permitting expert, with many years of experience in consenting energy and infrastructure projects in California, had some thoughts.
I was reminded during the Task Force meeting that California Stakeholders have not only a history but also a strong expectation of integral involvement, even at the earliest stages of planning for new infrastructure projects. They are well informed and knowledgeable of the various land use considerations, regional natural habitats, and sensitive species, and are familiar with the public disclosure and comment/communications opportunities afforded Stakeholders relevant to their industries and communities. They want to be informed, involved and heard. Although this is the case for many Stakeholders in various regions of the U.S, it is particularly true for Californians. As such, pro-active Stakeholder outreach (particularly shared use and community Stakeholders) will be a critical planning component for successful offshore wind development projects, and active engagement in California will serve to secure solid baselines for relationship and trust-building during post-lease project planning and development stages for this new-to-the-region industry.”