California lawmakers have launched a bill that requires state agencies to develop a strategic plan to spur at least 10GW of offshore wind capacity into commercial operation by 2040, with an interim 3GW target by 2030.

“We have a once in a generation opportunity,” said assemblyman David Chiu, a Democrat, who introduced the bill on Thursday. “The wind off California’s coast has enormous potential to meet clean energy goals, combat climate change and provide good-paying jobs.”

Chiu said there is a compelling need for offshore wind development to help California meet its statutory renewables and climate goals, including 100% clean energy by 2050 and a carbon-free grid by 2045.