California Community Power and CADEMO Execute Offshore Wind MOU

California Community Power and CADEMO Execute Offshore Wind MOU

Memorandum of Understanding will advance a first-of-its-kind project

Sacramento and Berkeley, Calif. – California Community Power (“CC Power”), a Joint Powers Authority that conducts joint power procurement on behalf of nine (9) California Community Choice Aggregators (“CCAs”), and CADEMO Corporation (“CADEMO”), a developer of a first of its kind 60 MW floating offshore wind project off the California coast, have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) to facilitate the advancement of CADEMO’s project.

This MOU is intended to establish a collaborative engagement between CC Power and CADEMO to support the development of the CADEMO project as California’s first offshore wind project. The project will be located off the coast of Vandenberg Space Force Base, near Lompoc, in California state waters. It is targeting a commercial operation date in 2028, which would position it to come online several years ahead of other planned offshore wind projects proposed in federally leased waters off the California coast.

The project is expected to include four turbines, totaling 60 MW, and is expected to produce about 200 GWh/year of zero-emission renewable energy. CADEMO has conducted extensive local engagement with local tribes, labor unions, and workforce development agencies. CADEMO’s achievements in this sector include: a Project Labor Agreement with California Building Trades unions, a Community Benefits Agreement with the Santa Ynez Chumash Tribe, and a Mitigation Agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense, all being the first such agreements on the West Coast. As the first commercial floating wind project in the nation, CADEMO will develop best practices in environmental management and stakeholder relations and will mature the necessary supply chains for California’s offshore wind industry.

Through the MOU engagement, CC Power aims to learn about the drivers of key costs in offshore wind development to build support for appropriate policies that balance local investment, jobs and community considerations, greater renewable energy penetration, and electricity affordability. CC Power and CADEMO anticipate, in collaboration with CC Power’s CCA members, engaging with local communities to ensure the CADEMO project “gets built right” by facilitating community stakeholder sessions and acknowledging and integrating the perspectives of various local community members into the project’s development.

CC Power and CADEMO endeavor to apply for grants, incentives, and other support to minimize the cost of offtake from the CADEMO project while maximizing the value of the project’s power output. These efforts comprise a roadmap intended to drive the parties toward the potential for a power purchase agreement between them, with the energy benefits and costs flowing to the participating CC Power member CCAs.

“We’re excited to embark on this journey with CADEMO. This MOU marks an important step in CC Power’s efforts to support the rational development of floating offshore wind in California as an additional power generation resource that our CCA members can rely upon to provide clean, renewable energy and capacity benefits to serve their customers,” said CC Power General Manager Alex Morris. “The CADEMO project serves as a useful test case for how to build offshore wind projects on the West Coast and is unique in how soon it may be able to begin delivering power and development learnings to the power sector here in California, with its potential 2028 commercial operation date. CC Power is proud to play an influential role in supporting California’s ambitions for offshore wind development.”

Mikael Jakobsson, Director of CADEMO, added: “This MOU is an important step in the introduction of offshore wind in California, and we are very pleased to have reached this step with CC Power. As California and the nation rely increasingly on renewable energy to reach their climate goals, they urgently need first-mover information to guide the launch of offshore wind. The CADEMO project will provide this information roughly five years ahead of any larger-scale offshore wind development. This will help offshore wind gain greater public acceptance and will resolve many practical challenges to help launch our sector and create new California jobs”.

CC Power sees floating offshore wind as an important potential resource that it may add to its portfolio to support its CCA members’ clean energy and reliability procurement objectives. To date, CC Power has entered into two long duration battery energy storage contracts totaling 125 MW / 1,000 MWh and two geothermal contracts totaling up to 138 MW to support its members’ long-lead time procurement objectives.

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About California Community Power

Established in 2021, California Community Power is a Joint Powers Authority comprised of nine (9) CCAs. The agency allows its member CCAs to combine their buying power to procure new, cost-effective clean energy and reliability resources to continue advancing local and state climate goals. California Community Power members represent over 3 million customers across more than 145 municipalities and serve a combined annual load of more than 36,000 gigawatt hours, representing about 40% of Pacific Gas & Electric’s annual electric load. CC Power members consist of Ava Community Energy, Central Coast Community Energy, CleanPowerSF, Peninsula Clean Energy, Redwood Coast Energy Authority, San José Clean Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, Sonoma Clean Power, and Valley Clean Energy. Learn more at cacommunitypower.org.

About CADEMO Corporation

The CADEMO project marks the first offshore wind project to be developed in the United States by the joint venture company Floventis Energy, which was formed in 2021 by Cierco and SBM Offshore. Cierco is a U.S. firm founded in 2001 with the goal of driving renewable energy technology and projects that could compete with the cost of conventional power. SBM Offshore is a world leader in floating offshore energy, taking on projects from design and supply to installation and operation. In addition to the CADEMO project, Floventis is pursuing two 100 MW offshore wind projects in the United Kingdom. Learn more at https://cademo.net/.

Media Contacts

Pamela Leonard

Silicon Valley Clean Energy

pamela.leonard@svcleanenergy.org | 408-549-2671

Robert Collier

External Relations Director, CADEMO

Cierco US Corp.

robert.collier@ciercoenergy.com | 415-298-5726