Offshore wind resources counted among the best in the US backed by strong social and political support for renewables in west coast states are driving momentum for the nascent floating wind sector in the Pacific, with highly anticipated lead-off auctions for 3GW in Morro Bay and 1.5GW in Humboldt wind energy areas (WEA) off California slated for later this year as the state weighs up targets of 5GW of plant in the by 2030 and up to 50GW by 2045.