South Carolina Activities
South Carolina Call Areas
On November 23, 2015, BOEM announced it would publish a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) to gauge the offshore wind industry’s interest in acquiring commercial wind leases offshore South Carolina. In addition to the Call, BOEM also announced it would publish in the Federal Register a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA). BOEM will accept public comments on the Call and NOI for 60 days in either of the following ways:
Electronically: http://www.boem.gov/Public-Engagement-Opportunities/. Click on the “Open Comment Documents” link and follow the instructions to view relevant materials and submit comments.
In written form, deliver to:
Office of Renewable Energy Programs
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
45600 Woodland Road (VAM-OREP)
Sterling, Virginia 20166
In addition, BOEM has scheduled public scoping meetings to inform stakeholders of BOEM's environmental review process and solicit input regarding resources and alternatives BOEM should consider in the environmental assessment. These meetings will take place at the following locations:
Tuesday, January 5, 2016; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mason Preparatory School
56 Halsey Blvd.
Charleston, SC 29401
Wednesday January 6, 2016; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
St. James High School
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Thursday January 7, 2016; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Boulineau's (Second floor meeting room)
212 Sea Mountain Hwy.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act requires BOEM to award renewable energy leases competitively, unless BOEM determines there is no competitive interest. So, on Nov. 23, 2015, BOEM published a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) in the Federal Register (under Docket ID: BOEM-2015-0134) for a 60-day public comments period to gauge the offshore wind industry's interest in acquiring commercial wind leases in four areas offshore South Carolina and to request comments regarding site conditions, resources and other uses within the Call areas. Materials related to the Call are below.
In addition to the Call, BOEM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) in the Federal Register on November 23, 2015 (under Docket ID: BOEM-2015-0125). Through the NOI, BOEM is seeking public comment for determining issues and alternatives to be analyzed in the EA. The EA will consider potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts associated with issuing commercial wind leases and approving site assessment activities on the lease areas. The NOI includes a 60-day public comment period which closes on (date).
To meet the needs of the offshore renewable energy and marine planning communities, BOEM has worked with the Task Force to develop a map through MarineCadastre.gov, a joint online mapping project of BOEM and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that includes many of the data layers used in the planning process.
BOEM has initiated planning efforts, primarily through the South Carolina Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force, which is made up of representatives from federal, state, local, and tribal governments, to determine whether there is potential for wind energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore South Carolina.
To obtain information discussed during the Task Force meetings and public scoping meetings, click on the links below.
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