The California Energy Commission (CEC) has delayed handing in a lead-off strategic plan for offshore wind energy development in its coastal waters to afford itself more time to factor in feedback that points to the potential to more than double long-term goals for clean power projects off its coastline.

The last-minute decision – expectations were that the CEC would submit the first of three scoping documents yesterday (1 June) to state natural resources agency the CNRA – was prompted by new information from recent sector workshops and two new studies that concluded some 50GW of floating wind arrays could be turning off California by 2045, rather than the 20GW currently envisioned.