Contact: Tracey Moriarty 703-787-1571
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced the publication of a draft form for right-of-way (ROW) grants of submerged lands on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to support renewable energy development. BOEM is requesting feedback on the form, which is intended to streamline the agency’s process for authorizing cable projects that support offshore wind development.
A ROW grant is an authorization issued for use of a portion of the OCS for the construction and use of a cable or pipeline for transmitting electricity or other energy product generated or produced from renewable energy. The ability of a ROW grantee to install such a cable or pipeline and operate such activities would be subject to the applicable approvals specified in BOEM’s regulations.
The draft form for ROW grants will be published in the Federal Register on August 29. Once published, a 30-day comment period will be initiated and comments may be submitted at http://www.boem.gov/About-BOEM/Public-Engagement/Public-Engagement-Opportunities.aspx (click on the “Open Comment Documents” link). Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view supporting and related materials. All comments will be posted on www.regulations.gov.
To mail written comments, send them to the Department of the Interior; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management; Attention: Jennifer Golladay; 381 Elden Street, HM 1328; Herndon, VA 20170. Please reference the docket number and title in your comment and include your name and return address.
For more information on BOEM’s renewable program, go to: www.boem.gov/renewable-energy-program/index.aspx.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management manages the exploration and development of the nation's offshore energy and mineral resources. The Bureau seeks to balance economic development, energy production, and environmental protection through oil and gas leasing, renewable energy development and environmental reviews and studies.