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Offshore wind could transform Humboldt into renewable energy pioneer in 2022

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Schatz Energy Research Center
A map of the "Humboldt Call Area," where the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will auction the right to build the west coast's first offshore wind farm.

TheRedwood Coast Energy Authority hopes to build the west coast's first offshore wind farm.

Next fall, the joint powers agency and its private partners will bid on the right to place floating wind turbines roughly 20 miles off Humboldt's coast.

If an initial project succeeds, developers could install more turbines that would provide up to four percent of California's electricity.

State leaders say wind energy will help California meet its goal of producing carbon-free electricity by 2045.

In reporting for KHSU, Eric Black focuses on the challenges and controversies surrounding development projects.