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Dozens attend informational meeting on offshore wind turbine proposal

Posted at 8:46 PM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 01:52:34-05

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is in the beginning stages of its plans to build offshore wind turbines along the Central Coast.

About 50 people showed up for an informational meeting on Thursday at the Monday Club in San Luis Obispo.

The wind development would be built 32 miles offshore from two potential sites: Morro Bay and Diablo Canyon Power Plant.

The BOEM says the farm could provide energy and link back to electric plants in those locations.

Roughly 100, 700-foot structures would be anchored and floating offshore as part of the project.

The bureau says it is a multi-year process, and there will be additional meetings and chances to give feedback before the project is finalized.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Trident Winds has proposed developing the area and naming it Castle Wind. If approved and fully built out, the plant could generate up to 1,000 megawatts for more than 300,000 households.

A 100-day public comment period is open until January 27.

Previous coverage:
Offshore wind turbine project near Morro Bay moving forward