California took its first steps under landmark offshore wind legislation passed late last year with the release of a draft plan to develop as much as 20GW of floating capacity by 2050 as part of the state's wider climate ambitions.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) released its draft strategic plan for offshore wind energy for public comment under the mandate of legislative act AB 525, which requires submission to the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) by 1 June.

The draft is focused on the “evaluation and quantification of the maximum feasible capacity of offshore wind… to achieve reliability, ratepayer, employment, and decarbonisation benefits,” according to the CEC, which found that California could develop 3GW by 2030 and 10-15GW by 2045, while leaving room for the development of up to 20GW by 2050.