California is aiming to reach 25,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2045. This is the biggest commitment any state has made yet to develop wind farms off of their coasts. The goal is even more monumental considering the US’s fledgling offshore wind industry has only gained a foothold on the East Coast.

The first commercial-scale wind farm, to be built off the coast of Massachusetts, just received federal approval from the Interior Department last year. Virginia regulators approved plans to build the US’s biggest wind farm yet last week. The reason that the East Coast has so much of a head start comes down to geography.

Offshore turbines could help California overcome one of the stumbling blocks in its efforts to transition to 100 percent clean electricity by 2045. Such technologies could unlock some 60 percent of the nation’s offshore wind resources. Reaching 25,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity could power 25 million homes, the California Energy Commission says.

The Biden administration is setting up offshore wind to expand across nearly every coast along the continental US. The goal is for turbines rising above the sea to generate 30,000 megawatts of clean electricity for the US by the end of the decade. It also set a shorter-term goal of developing up to 5,000megawatts of capacity by 2030.
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