The President announced on April 22, 2009 that the Interior Department completed the Final Renewable Energy Framework or rulemaking process to govern management of the Renewable Energy Program. The final rule, updated in October 2011 to reflect bureau reorganization, establishes a program to grant leases, easements, and rights-of-way for orderly, safe, and environmentally responsible renewable energy development activities, such as the siting and construction of offshore wind generating facilities on the OCS, as well as other forms of renewable energy such as wave, current, and solar.
- Coordination through task forces established with state, local and tribal governments;
- Lease and grant issuance including competitive and non-competitive leasing as well as commercial and limited leases;
- Plans and operations oversight, including site assessment, construction and operations, and general activities plans, plan approval, and environmental and safety monitoring and inspections;
- Payments to cover bonding activities; and
- Decommissioning at the end of a project's life span.
Additionally, key mandates for the Renewable Energy Program include:
- Protection of the environment;
- Coordination with affected State and local governments and Federal agencies;
- Fair return for use of OCS lands; and
- Equitable sharing of revenue with States.
The documents and information below contain information regarding the work, issues, and consultations that have led to completion of the final rule, and implementation of the Renewable Energy Program:
This program is administered by the Office of Renewable Energy within the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Office of Renewable Energy
381 Elden Street
Mail Stop 1328
Herndon, VA 20170