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California possesses significant offshore wind resources, and the development of floating offshore wind energy holds promise as a source of renewable energy generation for the state. It will also provide employment opportunities and economic benefits. While fixed bottom foundations are more common for shallow waters, the deep waters of the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf off California's coast will require floating platforms anchored to the seabed. Although the global floating offshore wind market is still in its early stages, the technology is expected to advance rapidly, positioning California as a leader in the field. California is committed to balancing environmental, cultural, socioeconomic, regulatory, and economic considerations while planning for the development of floating offshore wind. The protection of coastal and ocean resources is a priority, as California is home to one of the world's most diverse coastal and ocean ecosystems, with over 1,100 miles of coastline.

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