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BOEM budget maintains offshore renewables ties

A total of $193m proposed by President Trump for funding the federal agency in the next fiscal year

US president Donald Trump has proposed a $193m Fiscal Year 2020 budget for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), including a portion for offshore renewable energy.

BOEM proposes to focus resources in four key areas, which include offshore wind.

The agency stated: “In recognition of the role renewable energy can play in achieving this Administration’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, BOEM will continue to advance renewable energy through an aggressive leasing program, while ensuring that its environmental review and permitting process for renewable energy projects is coordinated, predictable, and transparent.”

The other areas the budget will be used to support are the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, and management of the Outer Continental Shelf marine minerals, which include sand and gravel resources that are used for coastal resilience and ecological projects.

The fourth area is environmental analyses, where BOEM is committed to conducting its environmental analyses in a transparent, coordinated, and streamlined fashion to ensure that decisions are informed by the best available science.

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