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Inside Division Holds Offshore Wind Lease Sale in California


    CAMARILLO, CA – As we speak, the Division of the Inside’s Bureau of Ocean Vitality Administration (BOEM) is holding a lease sale for offshore wind vitality growth off the northern and central coasts of California. 5 lease areas are being provided in Morro and Humboldt Bays, masking roughly 373,268 acres with the potential to supply over 4.5 GW of offshore wind vitality and energy greater than 1.5 million houses. The public sale marks the primary offshore wind lease sale on North America’s West Coast, and the primary time the California coast has opened to commercial-scale clear vitality growth.  

    “Local weather change is the most important risk to California seabirds, and environmentally accountable offshore wind will help scale back our carbon emissions whereas defending birds and the locations they want,” stated Garry George, director of the Nationwide Audubon Society’s Clear Vitality Initiative. “We’ll work intently with BOEM, California businesses, and builders to make sure that these offshore wind initiatives successfully keep away from, decrease, and mitigate impacts on birds within the distinctive and biodiverse California Present System.” 

    The Nationwide Audubon Society strongly helps the event of offshore wind energy as a part of a pathway to 100-percent clear vitality whereas defending birds. Since 2016, Audubon has been a part of a coalition of conservation organizations advocating for environmentally accountable offshore wind in California.  

    Steps to cut back the hazard posed by wind generators and different constructions to seabirds embrace: 

    • Siting wind generators in ‘low influence’ areas, away from locations seabirds congregate to feed and migrate; 
    • Working intently with conservation scientists and native officers; 
    • Imposing current legal guidelines defending birds just like the Migratory Fowl Treaty Act and Endangered Species Act; 
    • Creating new applied sciences that assist decrease hurt to seabirds and different wildlife; 
    • Guaranteeing scientific monitoring of put in wind generators and requiring adaptive administration to cut back their impacts over time utilizing finest accessible expertise and practices. 

    Extra about Audubon’s coverage on renewable vitality could be discovered right here:     

    About Audubon 
    The Nationwide Audubon Society protects birds and the locations they want, right now and tomorrow. Audubon works all through the Americas utilizing science, advocacy, schooling, and on-the-ground conservation. State packages, nature facilities, chapters, and companions give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches thousands and thousands of individuals every year to tell, encourage, and unite numerous communities in conservation motion. A nonprofit conservation group since 1905, Audubon believes in a world by which folks and wildlife thrive. Be taught extra at and on Fb, Twitter and Instagram @audubonsociety.  

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