James F. Bennett Chief of the Office of Renewable Energy Programs Bureau of Ocean Energy Management United States Department of the Interior
Jim Bennett is the Program Manager for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) Renewable Energy Program. With nearly 40 years of experience in the environmental and energy sectors, Jim oversees the responsible development of renewable energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf through conscientious planning, stakeholder engagement, comprehensive environmental analysis, and sound technical review.
Offshore wind is a vital national asset and has the potential to help contribute to the nation’s energy diversity for decades to come. BOEM’s renewable energy program now manages 15 active leases covering nearly 1.7 million acres on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) from Massachusetts to North Carolina.
Previously, Jim led BOEM’s Division of Environmental Assessment, overseeing the Bureaus compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental laws focusing on Federal OCS programs, including oil and gas, sand and gravel, and renewable energy. His experience encompasses events such as the Exxon Valdez and the Deepwater Horizon oil spills, the Cape Wind energy project, and offshore renewable energy activities particularly in the promising waters of the Atlantic.
He is a graduate of the Department's Manager Development Program and has earned two Master’s degrees -- one in Environmental Planning and the other in Computer Systems Management.