Stakeholder Engagement and Partnerships

Stakeholder Engagement 

What's New?

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is pleased to announce a newly developed Offshore Wind Energy Facilities Emission Estimating Tool.

This tool will ensure consistency in BOEM’s environmental review process by quantifying emissions associated with the development, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of a proposed offshore wind farm.

A Citizen’s Guide BOEM’s Renewable Energy Authorization Process

In December 2016, BOEM published a guide to help the public understand BOEM’s process for overseeing renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and to highlight opportunities for public involvement. To access the guide, click on the link below:

Avian Surveys

BOEM's Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP) is working to update the Guidelines for Providing Avian Survey Information for Renewable Energy Development on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf.

On September 8, 2016, BOEM held a webinar to discuss proposed changes to the guidelines and give participants the opportunity to provide feedback. Please find the slides below:

Atlantic Fishing Industry

BOEM has created a place on our website to help commercial fishers learn more about BOEM’s mission and to outline opportunities for participating in our rule making process, or to just let us know what you think. For more information, click on the link below.

Historic Preservation Activities of the Office of Renewable Energy Programs 

The mission of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP) is to regulate environmentally-responsible offshore renewable energy development activities. In support of that objective, the archaeologists in OREP coordinate studies and conduct Section 106 reviews under the National Historic Preservation Act, which are intended to identify and protect archaeological sites and other historic properties.

Request for Feedback

Since BOEM promulgated its renewable energy regulations in 2009, we have made substantial progress in our OCS renewable energy planning and leasing efforts. Now that our program has gained experience in implementing a significant portion of these regulations and is moving beyond its nascent stages, we believe the time is ripe to evaluate and assess our existing processes.

To that end, we have published a Request for Feedback (RFF) in the Federal Register. The RFF invites comments on any aspects of BOEM’s renewable energy program that stakeholders have found to be particularly effective, and recommendations for improving any aspects of our program that stakeholders believe to be ineffective or unnecessarily burdensome. The 90 day comment period associated with this ended on December 29, 2015. The comments have been posted via the link below.

BOEM will use the information submitted to inform our strategic planning efforts and in determining whether and how we should change our existing renewable energy processes, including, if warranted, our renewable energy regulations.

For additional information, please contact:

Calendar of Events

Please check out the calendar below for upcoming BOEM events.

Intergovernmental Task Force Meetings

BOEM works with interested and affected federal, state, local and tribal governments through intergovernmental renewable energy task forces, established with 13 coastal states to date. Meetings are following by public question and answer sessions. More information about past and future meetings can be found at:


Partnerships are essential for BOEM to achieve its mission to responsibly manage development of our nation's offshore resources.

 2016 National Offshore Wind Strategy

Partnering with Department of Energy (DOE)

DOE’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO) and BOEM convened a workshop in December 2015 to obtain individual stakeholder insight into the technical and market challenges regarding the offshore wind industry in the United States. The workshop sought input across the range of U.S. offshore wind stakeholders to better inform efforts to update and refine the 2011 A National Offshore Wind Strategy. A workshop summary - including summaries of the facilitated conversations throughout the day, the participant list, and 

the presentations can be found at the following link:

On September 9, 2016, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the publication of the 2016 National Offshore Wind Strategy. Click on the links below to see the announcement and publication. 

Additional Information

Click on the links below for more information about some of BOEM’s partnerships.