Renewable Energy Path Forward on the Atlantic

What's New?

As a result of stakeholder requests for an extension of the comment period, BOEM will be accepting comments on the RFF through July 5, 2018.  

Stakeholders should submit comments electronically or postmarked no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 5, 2018 via the following. 

  • Electronically: http://www.regulations.gov. In the entry titled ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID,’’ search for BOEM-2018-0018.  Follow the instructions to submit public comments in response to this document.
  • Written Comments: In written form, delivered by hand or by mail, enclosed in an envelope labeled ‘‘Comments on Request for Feedback’’ to: 

Office of Renewable Energy Programs
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
45600 Woodland Road
VAM-OREP
Sterling, Virginia 20166
For more information on the RFF, please visit our website at https://www.boem.gov/Renewable-Energy-Path-Forward/.

Background:

As an agency of the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is responsible for advancing the responsible development of offshore energy and marine mineral resources covering over 1.7 billion acres of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

The Department has held seven competitive lease sales and has 12 active wind energy leases in the Atlantic, at least one off every state from Massachusetts to North Carolina with approximately 17 gigawatts of potential capacity.

 Lease areas DOD

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 is seeking your 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. 

BOEM is seeking input on all aspects of our proposed path forward, but particularly, the merits of these factors and whether there are other factors that should be considered at this preliminary stage.

Proposed Factors for Identification of Offshore Wind Forecast Areas: 

Exclusionary Factors:

Positive Factors:

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.

How to Comment:

Stakeholders should submit comments electronically or postmarked no later than July 5, 2018 .

  • Electronically:  http://www.regulations.gov.  In the entry titled ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID,’’ search for BOEM-2018-0018.  Follow the instructions to submit public comments in response to this document.
  • Written Comments:  In written form, delivered by hand or by mail, enclosed in an envelope labeled ‘‘Comments on Request for Feedback’’ to: 
    Office of Renewable Energy Programs
    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
    45600 Woodland Road
    VAM-OREP
    Sterling, Virginia 20166