Venue Change for September 26 Gold Beach public meeting on Oregon Draft Wind Energy Area! Due to local wildfire response staging needs, the Gold Beach public meeting has been moved to a new location. The public meeting will now be held at the Gold Beach Community Center at 29841 Airport Way in Gold Beach. Meeting time remains from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
On Aug.15, 2023, BOEM announced a 60-day public comment period on two draft Wind Energy Areas located in the existing Call Areas offshore southern Oregon. The draft WEAs cover approximately 219,568 acres offshore southern Oregon with their closest points ranging from approximately 18 – 32 miles off the coast. BOEM will host an Oregon Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force meeting and public meetings to discuss data used to inform the draft wind energy areas and next steps for Oregon offshore wind energy planning.
We hope you can join us. All times are Pacific:
- Monday, September 18, 2023: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00p.m. Register for the meeting at https://kearnswest.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EjXGOMUmSlKt8R-GWcLO4A#/registration
Informational Fishing Webinar (fishing data focus):
- Thursday, September 21, 2023: 5:00 pm – 8:00 p.m. Register for the meeting at https://kearnswest.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvdOmqpzMtHdZmkW0EY21zY5ivywv3NLEV#/registration
In-person public open house meetings:
- VENUE CHANGE - Gold Beach, Oregon: Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Gold Beach Community Center
29841 Airport Way
4:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Coos Bay, Oregon: Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Coos Bay Public Library, Myrtlewood Room
525 Anderson Avenue
4:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Brookings, Oregon: Thursday, September 28, 2023
Southwest Oregon Community College - Curry Campus, Commons Room
96082 Lone Ranch Pkwy
4:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
BOEM will accept public comments at the in-person open house and virtual meetings. Comments received during the comment period will inform potential designation of final WEAs for further analysis and review for possible offshore wind energy leasing.
How to Provide Comments
To comment on the draft WEAs please go to regulations.gov, docket number BOEM-2023-0033. BOEM will accept comments through 11:59 pm ET on October 16, 2023.
About the Draft Wind Energy Areas
BOEM used a comprehensive process to identify the potential offshore locations that appear most suitable for floating offshore wind energy leasing and potential development, taking into consideration possible impacts to local coastal and marine resources and ocean users. In addition to coordinating with the State of Oregon, BOEM collaborated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) to use an ocean planning model that seeks to identify and minimize conflicts.
- Draft NCCOS Report: A Wind Energy Area Siting Analysis for the Oregon Call Areas (Aug. 2023)
- Request for Comment on Draft Wind Energy Areas
- Oregon Draft WEAs
- Oregon Draft WEAs Nautical Chart Map
- Oregon Draft WEAs Coordinates Map (hyperlink to attached map)
During the 60-day public comment period, BOEM will hold an intergovernmental renewable energy task force meeting and in-person public meetings on the Oregon coast to discuss data used to inform the draft wind energy areas and next steps.
Input will be considered before formally designating Oregon final WEAs. Final WEAs may be further modified after incorporating feedback collected during the comment period. If final WEAs are designated, BOEM will conduct a review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for potential leasing, including site characterization and site assessment activities. The NEPA process includes multiple public input opportunities.
BOEM and the State, led by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), have engaged in offshore wind planning with a meaningful and effective data gathering and engagement process to inform the identification of Oregon Call Area(s) appropriate for offshore wind leasing. The Data Gathering and Engagement Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Oregon outlines how BOEM and the State are conducting the planning process. The Data Gathering and Engagement Summary Report outlines the outcome of BOEM’s and DLCD’s engagement through 2021 with research organizations and potentially interested and affected parties in gathering data and information to inform potential offshore wind energy leasing decisions offshore Oregon.
The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), in partnership with BOEM, developed the Oregon Offshore Wind Mapping Tool (OROWindMap) within the West Coast Ocean Data Portal to provide public access to the best available data throughout the planning process. This planning tool accesses relevant datasets and provides visualization capabilities to inform the planning process for offshore wind energy leasing in federal waters offshore Oregon. The OROWindMap Catalog documents the data records incorporated into OROWindMap. The inclusion of new data sets will help inform the public, the State, and BOEM during the planning process. More information on how to include data in OROWindMap.
More information on BOEM-Oregon offshore wind planning efforts can be found on the Oregon Offshore Renewable Energy factsheet and on the BOEM Oregon Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force and BOEM and State of Oregon Participation in Standing Meetings webpages.
- Web Story - BOEM Offers First Renewable Energy Research Lease in Federal Offshore Waters Along the U.S. West Coast (01/19/2021)
Call for Information and Nominations
The Call Area is located offshore the State of Oregon and comprises areas identified as Coos Bay and Brookings. These two areas total about 1,159,298 acres (1,811 square miles) and are located offshore south-central and southern Oregon, respectively.
- Coos Bay Call Area: The boundary of the Coos Bay Call Area begins 13.8 miles offshore Charleston, Oregon, and extends to about 65 miles offshore. The eastern boundary water depth ranges from about 394 to 722 feet (120 to 220 meters). The area is about 67 miles in length from north to south and about 41 miles in width from east to west. The entire area is approximately 872,854 acres (1,364 square miles).
- Brookings Call Area: The boundary of the Brookings Call area begins 13.8 miles offshore Gold Beach and Brookings, Oregon, and extends to about 46 miles offshore. The eastern boundary water depth ranges from about 410 to 1,115 feet (125 to 340 meters). The area is about 46 miles in length from north to south and about 22 miles in width from east to west. The entire area is approximately 286,444 acres (448 square miles).
Maps of Oregon Call Areas
In response to the Call, BOEM received nominations of areas of interest from 4 developers. Each of the parties listed below has been legally, technically and financially qualified.
- Map of all Nominations Received
- Avangrid Renewables LLC
- BlueFloat Energy Oregon LLC
- OW North America Ventures LLC
- US Mainstream Renewable Power Inc
On February 16, 2021, BOEM issued a lease to Oregon State University for the PacWave South Project, the First Wave Energy Research Project in Federal Waters Offshore the U.S. West Coast.
The Federal marine hydrokinetic energy (MHK) research lease was issued to Oregon State University (OSU) for the PacWave South project, a proposed open ocean wave energy test center, to be located approximately six nautical miles off Newport, Oregon. The research lease area is approximately 4,270 acres (6.67 square miles) for a proposed 2.65 square mile-project. Lease issuance by BOEM is a prerequisite for a license from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is the Federal Agency that would approve project construction and operations.
OSU submitted an unsolicited request for a research lease for the PacWave South Project, formerly known as the Pacific Marine Energy Center – South Energy Test Site (PMEC-SETS) Project, in October 2013. The project would consist of four test ‘berths’ to support the testing of up to 20 wave energy devices, with an installed capacity not to exceed 20 megawatts, to demonstrate the viability of wave energy.
- Project Map (2013)
- Project Map on Nautical Chart (2013)
- Aliquots from 2013 Request (Zip File)
- Lease P OCS-0560 Map (2021)
- Lease P OCS-0560 Aliquots (2021) (Zip File)
In March 2014, BOEM published a Request for Competitive Interest in the Federal Register. Comments were submitted in response to the request. June 2014, BOEM published a Determination of No Competitive Interest in the area requested by Oregon State University and proceeded with the leasing process on a non-competitive basis.
Jurisdiction for grid-connected marine hydrokinetic (MHK) projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) is shared by BOEM and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). BOEM has authority to issue leases, easements, and rights-of way and FERC has authority for the construction and operations of MHK projects on the OCS. Visit BOEM’s Regulatory Framework and Guidelines for more information on the regulatory process.
In June 2014, FERC published a Notice of Intent to File License Application and OSU’s request to use the Alternative Licensing Process was approved. Additionally, OSU filed a Pre-Application Document (PAD). OSU submitted the Final License Application to FERC in May 2019. In July 2019, OSU amended the lease request area to include the Aliquots encompassed by the project site, as detailed in the Final License Application to FERC. On August 29, 2019, FERC published a notice which (1) accepted the application for filing and (2) solicits anyone, over a 30-day window, to submit comments, a motion to intervene and protest, final terms and conditions, recommendations, and prescriptions.
On April 23, 2020, FERC issued the Environmental Assessment for the PacWave South Project along with a Notice of Availability which includes a 45-day comment period for the Environmental Assessment. BOEM's proposed action is to issue a research lease and easements for five subsea transmission cables on the OCS.
On January 19, 2020, BOEM offered the first marine renewable energy research lease in Federal waters off the U.S. West Coast.
On January 19, 2021, BOEM issued the Finding of No Significant Impact for the MHK research lease based on the analysis in the Environmental Assessment and offered an MHK research lease to OSU for the PacWave South Project.
February 16, 2021 – BOEM Issues lease to OSU for the PacWave South Project
March 1, 2021 - FERC issues license order to OSU for the PacWave South Hydrokinetic Project No. 14616
July 28, 2021 – BOEM publishes public notice to inform of lease issuance and to define the size of lease area.
Additional information related to OSU’s licensing with FERC can be found at FERC’s website (use the “eLibrary” link and P-14616 for the “Docket Number”).
In September 2018, BOEM determined that the Principle Power Offshore Wind Pilot project no longer retains its non-competitive interest status and BOEM is no longer processing the Principle Power lease request. The Offshore Wind Pilot Project was proposed by Principle Power, Inc., in May 2013
- WindFloat Pacific Project Determination of No Competitive Interest Federal Register Notice
- WindFloat Pacific Project Request for Interest Federal Register Notice
- Comments Submitted in Response to Request for Interest
- WindFloat Pacific Project Unsolicited Lease Request
- WindFloat Pacific Project Map
- WindFloat Pacific Project Map on Nautical Chart
Environmental Review for WindFloat Pacific
- Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment for Proposed Wind Energy-Related Development Activities on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore Oregon and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings
- Fishing Outreach Meeting: June 18, 2014 - Charleston, OR
WindFloat Pacific Data Files
- Pacific Regional Collaboration - Learn more about BOEM's involvement in the West Coast Ocean Alliance and West Coast Ocean Data Network
- A Citizen's Guide to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's Renewable Energy Authorization Process
- National Environmental Policy Act Citizen's Guide
- Selected BOEM-Funded Research Informing Renewable Energy Offshore Oregon
- Fact Sheet: BOEM Renewable Energy Program
- Fact Sheet: BOEM Leasing Process
- Overview of Floating Offshore Wind – National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Offshore Wind Market Report: 2021 Edition – Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
- Tips on how to provide helpful comments
BOEM-Oregon Offshore Wind Energy Planning
- Data Gathering and Engagement Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Oregon
- Oregon Offshore Wind Mapping Tool (OROWindMap)
- OROWindMap Catalog
- Fact Sheet: Oregon Offshore Renewable Energy
- Fact Sheet: OROWindMap
- Handout: Oregon Fishing Effort Datasets
Oregon related news releases and Notes to Stakeholders can be found in the BOEM Newsroom. In the search bar, type the name of the state and/or select year of announcement.