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CORE Hub May News

Happy May Community Partners! We hope you are doing well. 

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION AND LEADERSHIP

  • Oregon’s draft Proposed Sale Notice was published earlier this month
    • The Department of Land Conservation and Development has opened a comment period for the federal consistency review process related to proposed offshore wind leasing activities. See DLCD’s documents related to the process here under “Open Public Comment Opportunities.”
      • The deadline to comment on Oregon’s draft PSN is 6/15/24.
    • It is similar to California’s leasing process, with a 15% workforce and supply chain bid credit (compared to 20% in California). The PSN proposes a 5% lease area user bid credit and 5% general CBA bid credit but no conservation bid credit.
  • Pacific Offshore Wind Summit 2024
    • Conference: May 13–15, 2024, Sacramento, CA 

      Industry leaders, federal and state officials, and key stakeholders will come together in shaping the future of offshore wind on the West Coast. Speakers will include Offshore Wind Energy Lead for the U.S. Department of Energy Jocelyn Brown-Saracino. 
  • 2024 Floating Offshore Wind Shot Summit
    • Conference: May 16, 2024, Sacramento, CA

      Join the Departments of Energy, Interior, Commerce, and Transportation bring together states, tribes, and offshore wind stakeholders to discuss progress to-date in our second Shot summit. This event will cast a spotlight on the Floating Offshore Wind Shot Initiative, an all-of-government effort to promote a clean energy future by driving US leadership in floating offshore wind design, deployment, and manufacturing.
  • DOE technical assistance for tribes on OSW
    • The DOE’s Tribal Nation Offshore Wind Transmission Technical Assistance Program offers educational resources, training, and on-call assistance from technical experts and researchers at DOE’s national laboratories. Funds for Tribal members and staff participation in key offshore wind transmission forums also may be available through the program.
  • CPUC: IRP Workshop on Ruling Proposing AB 1373 Central Procurement Entity
    • The California Public Utilities Commission has indicated the start of their processes to determine central procurement under AB 1373. They will be hosting this workshop next week to discuss the ruling and seek feedback.
  • 2024 Offshore Wind Legislative Tracker 
    • Use this document to keep track of this year’s offshore wind bills 

Recent Community Events & Updates

  • Walk for MMIP Awareness Day 2024
    • On Monday, May 6, the Yurok Tribal Court’s To’ Kee Skuy’ Soo Ney-Wo-Chek Project hosted a community walk in recognition of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People’s Day.
  • Understanding the MMIP Crisis: A Free Workshop and Community Event
    • Humboldt County DHHS Public Health’s Family Violence Prevention Program hosted a workshop in honor of May being MMIP Awareness Month on May 9th from 1:00-3:30 p.m. at Sequoia Conference Center in Eureka. The workshop hosted guest speakers Danielle Vigil-Masten, a Hoopa Valley Tribal member with over 20+ years of experience in community advocacy, tribal management, and law; as well as Lori Jump, CEO of StrongHearts Native Helpline.
  • PEIS Scoping Comment Letter
    • On February 20, CORE Hub submitted the final PEIS Scoping Comment Letter. As next steps, BOEM is expecting a draft PEIS available to the public in September 2024. The draft PEIS will provide more comment opportunities for CORE Hub and its network to emphasize community and tribal priorities to be considered in the final PEIS document. You can track BOEM’s latest updates on the PEIS process here.
  • New Orleans Offshore Wind Environmental Justice Convening and International Partnering Forum Summary
    • The Energy Foundation hosted an Offshore Wind Environmental Justice Convening in New Orleans last week. A group of participants attended from the West Coast including Community Benefit Network members, CORE Hub partners, and Tribal leaders. It was an important opportunity to dive deeper into justice and equity as our communities navigate offshore wind development and form deeper regional partnerships. They learned about the impacts of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana and visited the Grand Bois Oil Pits and members of the United Houma Nation who live beside them. They discussed community benefits, community ownership, and other considerations in navigating proposed wind developments in their communities.
  • East Coast Trip Summary
    • EPIC Tours Atlantic Offshore Wind Farm article

      An Offshore Wind Delegation from the County of Humboldt visited Massachusetts last week to discuss challenges and successes related to offshore wind in the City of New Bedford. They toured a Vineyard site project, met representatives, saw presentations from nearby communities on how their lives have been changed due to the development of offshore wind, and had conversations with officials there on how to avoid common pitfalls and leverage local opportunities. The discussions deepened the delegation’s understanding of the offshore wind industry and highlighted the importance of preparing our community. 
  • In April, CORE Hub and a number of partners submitted comment letters on the State’s draft strategic plan for offshore wind (via the California Energy Commission) and the California Independent System Operator’s 2023-2024 draft Transmission Plan.
    • Thanks to everyone that contributed to, shaped and facilitated those letters going in. Please let us know if you have questions or would like to discuss. We are setting up meetings with partners and state agencies to discuss issues outlined in the letters. Let us know if you would like to learn more about those opportunities. The comment letters are attached. 

MEDIA CLIPS AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Secretary Haaland Announces New Five-Year Offshore Wind Leasing Schedule 
    • In remarks at the International Partnering Forum conference in New Orleans, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced a new five-year offshore wind leasing schedule, which includes up to 12 potential offshore wind energy lease sales through 2028. Future offshore wind energy lease sales from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) are anticipated in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific, and the waters offshore of the U.S. territories in the next five years. The leasing schedule includes four potential offshore lease sales in 2024, one each in 2025 and 2026, two in 2027, and four in 2028.

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