The California Coastal Commission (CCC) gave prospects for floating wind off the state a major boost when it unanimously endorsed the leasing auction plan for the Morro Bay wind energy area (WEA), a month after signaling its approval for the Humboldt round, paving the way for federal auctions to proceed next autumn.

“The Coastal Commission’s conditional approval is the most significant regulatory decision California has made in support of offshore wind,” said Adam Stern, executive director of industry body Offshore Wind California.