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US Plans First Sale of Offshore Wind Rights Off California

  • Deep Pacific waters will require floating turbine technology
  • US targeting 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030
Wind turbines operate at an offshore wind farm in the pacific ocean. 

Wind turbines operate at an offshore wind farm in the pacific ocean. 

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
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The US is planning to auction in December leases for offshore wind farms in California waters, the first off the Pacific Coast, which will require a new, more expensive turbine technology. 

The US Interior Department said Tuesday it will auction five leases spanning 373,000 acres (151,000 hectares) off central and northern California, enough space to install turbines with more than 4.5 gigawatts of capacity.