Renewable Energy Research

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What's New?

In 2018, BOEM saw 11 environmental studies completed in support of the Renewable Energy Program along the Atlantic coast. Check out the Atlantic Science Year in Review 2018 to learn more about these studies.


The Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP) oversees the development of offshore renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), which have the potential to make significant contributions to our nation’s energy portfolio.

OREP depends on science to meet our responsibilities under environmental laws, regulations, and standards. As such, we fund and manage scientific research to inform our decision making processes for renewable energy projects on the OCS.

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Historic Preservation Activities

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. For more information, please see: