Update: Construction and Operations Plan Guidelines

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Office of Renewable Energy Programs would like to inform you that we have updated the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) guidelines.

As required by 30 CFR 585, a developer is required to submit a COP within 5 years of receiving an offshore renewable energy lease from BOEM. The COP must provide a description of all proposed activities, planned facilities, as well as project easements that a developer intends to construct and use for a project planned under its commercial lease.

BOEM developed COP guidelines to provide developers informal guidance on survey requirements, project-specific information requirements, and information to meet the requirements of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other applicable laws and regulations.

The updated COP guidelines include administrative and procedural changes to reflect lessons learned since their original December 2010 publication and feedback received from the renewable energy industry. These guidelines can be found on BOEM's website by clicking here. If you have any questions, please contact me at your convenience.