Renewable Energy Path Forward on the Atlantic
Request for Feedback (RFF):
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is conducting a high-level assessment of all waters offshore the United States Atlantic Coast for potential future offshore wind lease locations.
BOEM sought input on the Proposed Path Forward for Future Offshore Renewable Energy Leasing on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf through a Request for Feedback (RFF) that published in the Federal Register on April 6, 2018.
BOEM is considering multiple factors, highlighted below, to help assess which geographic areas along the Atlantic are the most likely to have highest potential for successful offshore wind development. Comments and feedback on the proposed path Forward can be found on regulations.gov at: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=BOEM-2018-0018
Proposed Factors for Identification of Offshore Wind Forecast Areas:
Regional Ocean Plans and Data Portals:
BOEM encourages commenters to consult the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portals, which are key components of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Ocean Plans developed by the intergovernmental Regional Planning Bodies (RPB). These data portals are located at http://www.northeastoceandata.org/data-explorer/ and http://portal.midatlanticocean.org/. BOEM believes the use of the Data Portals will lead to a better shared understanding of who or what might be affected by a given proposed activity. In addition to the maps characterizing existing energy and infrastructure activities, the Data Portals contain a range of maps of marine life, habitat areas, cultural resources, transportation, fishing, and other human uses to be considered when new energy or other infrastructure developments are proposed. The Data Portals also help to identify important user groups for further engagement by BOEM during the leasing process, such as commercial and recreational fishermen, commercial transportation providers, and the military, who are most likely to interact with new offshore energy developments.