The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced a Notice of Availability of Guidelines for Lighting and Marking of Structures Supporting Renewable Energy Projects for public comment.
These guidelines contain recommendations about lighting and marking design for wind energy facilities and outline the types of information that BOEM requests from lessees as part of their Site Assessment Plan (SAP), Construction and Operations Plan (COP), or General Activities Plan (GAP), as applicable, which would assist BOEM in determining whether the lighting and marking of offshore wind energy facilities:
- Are safe.
- Do not unreasonably interfere with other uses of the Outer Continental Shelf.
- Do not cause undue harm or damage to natural resources; life (including human and wildlife); property; the marine, coastal, or human environment; or sites, structures, or objects of historical or archaeological significance.
- Use best available and safest technology.
- Use best management practices.
Interested parties may submit comments electronically or by regular mail, postmarked no later than November 25, 2019.
Submit comments electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. In the entry entitled, ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID,’’ search for BOEM-2019-0071. Follow the instructions to submit public comments in response to this document.
Submit written comments to the Office of Renewable Energy Programs, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 45600 Woodland Road, VAM-OREP, Sterling, VA 20166.
BOEM welcomes input from industry and other interested stakeholders before finalizing this guidance. To help facilitate this conversation, on November 20, 2019, BOEM will be hosting a webinar on the draft guidance. More details will be made available on BOEM’s website at: https://www.boem.gov/Regulatory-Framework/.
For information about all of BOEM’s renewable energy guidelines, visit our website at https://www.boem.gov/Regulatory-Framework/.