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USA - Interior Department Agencies Move to Streamline Offshore Wind Permitting

A larger influx of offshore wind development proposals have been filed with BOEM in recent years, prompting the agency to re-evaluate its planning and permitting process for OCS renewable energy development.

Dive Brief:

  • Two agencies in the U.S. Department of the Interior announced on Tuesday an agreement to coordinate on the regulation of offshore renewable energy, on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
  • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Dec. 22 to clarify their roles in ensuring an efficient use of resources for renewable energy production, such as offshore wind. BSEE's activity is "critical to BOEM's management" of renewable energy development on the OCS, BSEE Director Scott Angelle said in a statement, and the MOA clarifies that role.
  • An ongoing collaboration with the Business Network for Offshore Wind and the recently-merged American Wind Energy Association and the American Clean Power Association is supporting this effort from BOEM and BSEE, according to a spokesperson from the Business Network. As part of the collaboration, the industry groups are also working on the development of offshore wind construction and operation standards for the American National Standards Institute.

Dive Insight:

A larger influx of offshore wind development proposals have been filed with BOEM in recent years, prompting the agency to re-evaluate its planning and permitting process for OCS renewable energy development.

States in the East Coast have established offshore wind targets and have asked BOEM to make more leasing options in the OCS available as well as to streamline their permitting processes.

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