BOEM Hosts Offshore Energy Knowledge Exchange Workshop

04-13-2012 WASHINGTON

Contact: Theresa Eisenman
(202) 208-5387

More than 150 experts on U.S. and European offshore renewable energy and the oil and gas industry met in Washington, D.C., on April 11 and 12 to exchange information and build relationships in support of U.S. offshore renewable energy development. The Offshore Energy Knowledge Exchange workshop was a collaborative effort between the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) with the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

The workshop is an outgrowth of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2010 by Department of the Interior and Department of Energy to coordinate more closely on responsible development of commercial renewable offshore energy projects on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. 

“This knowledge exchange workshop provided an opportunity to build upon our collaborative relationships between U.S. and international industry partners, traditional and renewable energy developers, academic and government agencies,” said BOEM Director Tommy P. Beaudreau. “This type of collaboration is essential as the U.S. offshore industry continues to develop its plans for the construction and operation of clean, renewable energy facilities off the U.S. coast.”

During the two-day workshop, the maritime and offshore industries and government agencies exchanged "lessons-learned" based on international renewable energy and U.S. traditional energy development. Among the issues discussed were infrastructure and cabling, access to necessary vessels, development of procedures for offshore maintenance and approaches to safe operations. Potential technical solutions offered by traditional offshore industries that may be applicable to renewable energy development on the OCS were also identified, including those relating to electrical infrastructure, foundation designs, installation methods and more efficient operations models. Breakout session groups also discussed the importance of an offshore safety culture for renewable energy industry and the development and use of effective engineering standards. The workshop attendees represented a broad cross-section of the offshore energy industries.

A summary report about the offshore energy knowledge exchange workshop will be available this summer.

Additional information about BOEM’s Renewable Energy Program is available at: .

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management manages the exploration and development of the nation's offshore energy and mineral resources. The Bureau seeks to balance economic development, energy production, and environmental protection through oil and gas leasing, renewable energy generation and environmental reviews and studies.