About The Project
Invenergy believes that a successful project is one that is mutually beneficial and leverages the input of Tribes as well as federal, state, and local stakeholders through a collaborative approach.
Even Keel Wind has begun community engagement activities and the early phases of project planning and development. Our growing California-based team is actively engaging with Tribes and interested stakeholders across Central California – including fisheries communities, environmental organization, local governments and community members, regional economic development organizations and more – to listen and learn how Invenergy can be a good California partner.
Most recently, our team has been on the ground attending public events and meetings to cultivate new relationships, introduce our project, and educate the community on the immense economic, environmental, and public health benefits of offshore wind.
For offshore wind and its many economic and environmental benefits to be realized along the Central Coast, it is critical that leaseholders can connect their projects to the onshore transmission infrastructure necessary to bring the clean energy generated offshore to the grid and to the communities it serves.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) preferred sanctuary proposal recognized the need for a sanctuary boundary that defined a pathway for transmission access from offshore wind projects to points of connectivity onshore. However, the proposal needs to be adjusted to ensure interconnection access at Diablo Canyon and to allow for environmentally responsible submarine cable routing. Limiting this transmission access has the potential to threaten project viability.
Invenergy is asking NOAA to relocate the offshore wind corridor to accelerate the clean energy transition and ensure offshore wind development can move forward on the Central Coast to address the threats of climate change. We recognize that many stakeholders desire CHNMS to establish contiguous protection of the ocean along more than one-half of the California coastline and support potential opportunities for future expansion of the Sanctuary, once there is more certainty as to the precise location and future operational needs of the submarine cables.
Read more about the proposed adjustments to the CHNMS boundaries and how offshore wind and conservation can work together:
Minimizing impacts to the California coastline and ocean ecosystem is the top priority of our dedicated team of marine conservationists, engineers, and developers. Reducing the impact of climate change and advancing an environmentally sound, community-focused project is our key focus. Even Keel Wind is committed to minimizing and avoiding impacts to the California coast while thoughtfully expanding renewable energy sources to address energy needs and cut carbon emissions.
Offshore wind will create new skilled jobs and generate millions in economic benefits within coastal communities and across The Golden State. Even Keel Wind is committed to working with labor unions to ensure that family-sustaining, quality jobs, and pathways to entering the industry are available for those in the region, including a focus on inclusion of historically underserved communities.