The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act requires BOEM to award renewable energy leases competitively, unless BOEM determines there is no competitive interest. In January 2016, BOEM received an unsolicited request for a commercial lease from Trident Winds LLC. (Trident Winds). BOEM reviewed the unsolicited lease application and determined in March 2016 that Trident Winds was legally, technically and financially qualified to hold a commercial lease on the Outer Continental Shelf.
Unsolicited Lease Requests
BOEM has published a notice in the Federal Register, "Potential Commercial Lease for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore California - Request for Interest (RFI) in Docket No. BOEM-2016-0051. The objective of the RFI is to determine whether or not other companies are interested in developing in the areas proposed in the Unsolicited Lease Requests (i.e. to determine competitive interest). The RFI also requests comments and information from the public on the proposed area.
Join us on November 1-2 at the California Ocean Renewable Energy Conference in Davis, California to learn about regulatory frameworks, resources, technologies, and environmental research relating to wind and wave energy offshore California. The conference is sponsored by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and will feature opening remarks by Federal and State representatives; invited presentations in themed sessions; speakers from government, academia, and the private sector; Q&A discussions; and an evening social event. The conference will take place at the Alumni Center at the University of California, Davis. There is no fee to attend the conference.
The next steps in BOEM’s renewable energy leasing process is to determine whether or not other companies are interested in developing the same area (i.e., to determine competitive interest) and to request comments and information from the public on the proposed area.
How to Provide Comments Online:
- Navigate to www.regulations.gov
- Type the Docket No. into the search pane (RFI Docket No. is: BOEM-2016-0051)
- Select the "Comment Now" button
You will receive a confirmation that your comments have been published to regulations.gov in a separate email to the email address you provide.