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What Biden’s Coastal Wind Energy Farm Plan Means For California

WHITEWATER, CALIFORNIA - MAY 06: Wind turbines operate at a wind farm, a key power source for the Coachella Valley, on May 6, 2019 in Whitewater, California. California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment found that temperatures of the inland deserts of Southern California, including the Coachella Valley, are expected to continue climbing. According to the report, average daily highs could increase as much as 14 degrees this century if greenhouse gas emissions keep rising. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Wind turbines operate at a wind farm, a key power source for the Coachella Valley, on May 6, 2019 in Whitewater, California.

California and the U.S. government have agreed to allow massive wind energy farms off the state's central and northern coasts.

California and the U.S. government have agreed to allow massive wind energy farms off the state's central and northern coasts.
The pact announced last week would float hundreds of turbines off the California coasts of Morro Bay and Humboldt Bay and has been promoted as a breakthrough to eventually power 1.6 million homes. The announcement is part of President Joe Biden’s plan to create 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030.
But what do all these developments and changes mean for Californians? How do these new ocean wind farms factor into both the state’s overall climate goals and the country’s as a whole?

With files from the Associated Press 

Guests:

Sammy Roth, energy reporter for the LA Times; he tweets

Danielle Osborn Mills, California director for the American Clean Power Association

David Hochschild, chair of the California Energy Commission

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