Chief of the Office of Renewable Energy Programs - James F. (Jim) Bennett

James Bennett

Jim Bennett is the Chief of the Office of Renewable Energy Programs in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), US Department of the Interior. Jim has over 35 years of experience in the environmental and energy arenas serving in a variety of capacities in the Department and other Federal agencies. Prior to becoming the program manager for renewables, Jim led the Division of Environmental Assessment, overseeing BOEM’s compliance with the NEPA and other environmental laws focusing on Federal OCS programs, including oil and gas, sand and gravel, and renewable energy. 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. 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 Atlantic.