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OCS Renewable Energy Development

Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System

Annual Meeting

Darryl François

Chief, Projects & Coordination

Office of Renewable Energy Programs

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Governing authority
Governing Authority

  • Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act of 1954

  • Energy Policy Act of 2005 – Section 388(a)

    • Amends the OCSLA by adding Section 8(p)(1)(C) and (D)

    • OCS renewable energy development and alternate use of existing infrastructure (i.e. “other than oil and gas and covered by other legislation”)

    • Regulations at 30 CFR Parts 250 and 585

Renewable energy activities
Renewable Energy Activities

  • Anticipate three types of electricity-generating activities requiring BOEM authorization

    • Wind—numerous commercial projects from Maine to North Carolina, technology testing off Georgia, and research off Hawaii

    • Wave—preliminary interest in research and eventual commercial leasing and development off Oregon

    • Ocean Current—resource data collection and technology testing off southeast Florida


Ocs renewable energy program philosophy
OCS Renewable Energy Program Philosophy

  • Coordinate with federal, state, and local agencies, tribal governments, and stakeholders

  • Apply our renewable energy regulatory framework in conjunction with interagency-led planning activities

  • Focus on multiple-use

  • Work within the current authorities and responsibilities of agencies and continue ongoing activities


Renewable energy program
Renewable Energy Program

  • Planning and Analysis

    • identify area for renewable energy leasing through collaborative, consultative and analytic processes, including required environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act and other applicable laws

  • Leasing

    • issue renewable energy leases through a competitive or noncompetitive process

  • Site Assessment\

    • lessee gathers data through site characterization (G&G surveys, biological surveys); lessee may conduct site assessment activities (e.g., construction of meteorological towers/buoys) in accordance with BOEM-approve site assessment plan (SAP). The collection of site characterization and site assessment data supports the lessee’s preparation of a site-specific construction and operations plan (COP)

  • Commercial Development

    • lessee constructs and operates its facility in accordance with a BOEM-approved COP and prescribed conditions, stipulations, and mitigations

  • At each stage, BOEM engages its intergovernmental task forces, stakeholders, and the public to assist in obtaining the best available information to support decision making.


Applicable laws executive orders

National Environmental Policy Act

Endangered Species Act

Marine Mammal Protection Act

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act

Marine Protection, Research, & Sanctuaries Act

National Marine Sanctuaries Act

E.O. 13186 (Migratory Birds)

Coastal Zone Management Act

Clean Air Act

Clean Water Act

Marking of Obstructions

E.O. 13547 (Stewardship of the Oceans, Our Coasts & the Great Lakes)

Ports and Waterways Safety Act

Rivers and Harbors Appropriation Act

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

National Historic Preservation Act

Archaeological and Historical Preservation Act

American Indian Religious Freedom Act

Federal Aviation Act

Federal Power Act

E.O. 13007 (Indian Sacred Sites)

Applicable Laws & Executive Orders

Consultation coordination
Consultation & Coordination

  • Serve as lead Federal Agency for environmental compliance reviews under NEPA (will use cooperating agency agreements)

  • Complete all required consultations (e.g., Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act)

  • Document compliance with the Federal consistency provisions of CZMA

  • Assure compliance with all other applicable laws

  • MOUs with DOE, FWS, NOAA (Working on agreements with DOD, USACE, and USCG)

  • Working with FERC to refine procedures established in existing MOU relating to marine hydrokinetic projects

Intergovernmental task forces
Intergovernmental Task Forces

  • Affected State, local, & tribal governments and federal agencies participate (ME, MA, RI, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, NC, OR)

    • Does not replace consultation under existing federal laws and regulations

  • Forum to:

    • Educate each other about permitting and statutory responsibilities, and stakeholders’ issues

    • Exchange data about biological and physical resources, uses, and priorities

    • Continue dialogue about renewable energy activities throughout the leasing process

  • BOEM considers task force input in our leasing decisions

Federal agencies involved
Federal Agencies Involved

  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

  • Fish and Wildlife Service

  • National Park Service

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Federal Aviation Administration

  • United State Geological Survey

  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

  • United States Army Corps of Engineers

  • United States Coast Guard

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Administration

Task force and stakeholder compatibility concerns
Task Force and Stakeholder Compatibility Concerns

  • Commercial fishing

  • View shed

  • Port Access

  • Navigation and safety

  • Archaeological and cultural sites

  • Historic sites and places

  • Protected species (marine mammals, birds, turtles)

  • Migratory birds

  • Sensitive offshore habitats (e.g., cold water corals and EFH)

  • DOD and NASA offshore training and exercise areas

Atlantic wind connection
Atlantic Wind Connection

  • Right-of-Way Grant (ROW)

  • 680 mi transmission line installed in 5 phases (NY to VA)

  • Request for Competitive Interest

  • Anticipate preparing an EIS