The Office of Renewable Energy Programs facilitates the responsible development of renewable energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf through conscientious planning, stakeholder engagement, comprehensive environmental analysis, and sound technical review.  


In 2009, the Department of the Interior announced the final regulations for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Renewable Energy Program, which was authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct). These regulations provide a framework for issuing leases, easements and rights-of-way for OCS activities that support production and transmission of energy from sources other than oil and natural gas.


Since the regulations were enacted, BOEM has worked diligently to oversee responsible renewable energy development. 



Renewable Energy OverviewRenewable Energy Program Overview

BOEM is responsible for offshore renewable energy development in Federal waters. BOEM anticipates future development on the OCS from these sources.

Lease and Grant InformationLease and Grant InformationA list of leases and grants that BOEM has executed since the inception of its renewable energy program.

Studies StudiesBOEM funds and manages scientific research to inform our decision making processes for renewable energy projects on the OCS. Learn more here.

Stakeholder Engagement and Partnerships Stakeholder Engagement and PartnershipsBOEM continues to work closely with its diverse stakeholders to facilitate offshore renewable energy development in the United States. Find additional resources and information about upcoming events here.

Regulatory Framework and Guidelines Regulatory Framework and GuidelinesLearn more about BOEM's regulatory framework and guidelines that facilitate renewable energy development on the OCS.

State ActivitiesState ActivitiesBOEM is working closely with states regarding offshore energy development and is in the process of coordinating federal-state task forces in certain

Mapping & Data Mapping & Data Access to downloadable Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data developed, maintained or funded by the Renewable Energy Program.

Fact SheetsFact SheetsThese fact sheets provide an overview of BOEM’s milestones and renewable energy leasing process.