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Biden Paves Way for Floating Wind Farms Off California Coast

  • Administration is aiming to sell Pacific wind leases next year
  • Pact reached on renewable projects near military exercises
     
Photographer: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg

Top Biden administration officials on Tuesday unveiled their plan to get the first-ever wind farms floating off the California coast, despite longstanding Pentagon concerns that turbines would complicate military training exercises in the region.

Under the new agreement, the administration is targeting potential wind leasing that could power 1.6 million homes, including in a 399-square-mile (1033-square-kilometer) area northwest of Morro Bay, capable of supporting 3 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity.