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International MSP RI Panel May 2012

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International MSP RI Panel May 2012

  1. 1. BOEM’s Renewable Energy ProgramPhilosophy and Lessons Learned International Marine Spatial Planning Symposium May 15, 2012 Maureen A. Bornholdt Program Manager Office of Renewable Energy Programs Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  2. 2. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management• Bureau within the Department of the Interior• Oversees development of the nation’s oil and gas, renewable energy, and other mineral and energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf
  3. 3. Types of Renewable Energy Activities• Wind—commercial project proposals from Maine to North Carolina, technology testing off Georgia, and research off Hawaii• Wave—preliminary interest in research and eventual commercial leasing off Oregon• Ocean Current—resource data collection and technology testing off southeast Florida• Transmission—multiple-phased project between Virginia and New Jersey/New York; individual projects off Rhode Island and off Hawaii 3
  4. 4. The Regulatory Framework
  5. 5. Summary of Regulatory Framework• Coordination (throughout rule) • Federal/State/Local/Tribal Task Forces• Lease and Grant Issuance (Subparts B and C) • Commercial and Limited Leases • Competitive and Noncompetitive Leasing • Rights-of-Way and Rights-of-Use and Easements • Research Activities• Payments (Subpart E) • Bonding, Payments, Revenue Sharing• Plans (Subpart F) • Site Assessment and Construction & Operations • General Activities• Conduct of Approved Plan Activities (Subpart H) • Environmental and Safety Monitoring & Inspections• Decommissioning (Subpart I) 5
  6. 6. Stages of Renewable Energy Development Planning and Analysis Leasing Site Assessment Commercial Development The program’s philosophy is centered on engagement of stakeholders, transparency, and providing opportunities for public input through formal and informal processes.
  7. 7. Applicable Statutes & Executive Orders• National Environmental Policy Act • Ports and Waterways Safety Act• Endangered Species Act • Rivers and Harbors Appropriation• Marine Mammal Protection Act Act• Magnuson-Stevens Fishery • Resource Conservation and Conservation and Management Act Recovery Act• Marine Protection, Research, & • National Historic Preservation Sanctuaries Act Act• National Marine Sanctuaries Act • Archaeological and Historical• E.O. 13186 (Migratory Birds) Preservation Act• Coastal Zone Management Act • American Indian Religious• Clean Air Act Freedom Act• Clean Water Act • Federal Aviation Act• Marking of Obstructions• E.O. 13547 (Stewardship of the • Federal Power Act Oceans, Our Coasts & the Great • E.O. 13007 (Indian Sacred Sites) Lakes) 7
  8. 8. Coordination is Critical 8
  9. 9. Intergovernmental Task Forces
  10. 10. Intergovernmental Task Forces
  11. 11. Agreements With Federal Agencies• BOEM is working with interested federal agencies to establish agreements facilitating coordination on OCS renewable energy: • Completed MOUs with Department of Energy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and a Memorandum of Agreement with U.S. Coast Guard • Work is proceeding on agreements with Department of Defense and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers • Continuing to work with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to refine procedures relating to marine hydrokinetic projects under an existing MOU 11
  12. 12. Renewable Energy Studies
  13. 13. Ocean Planning• EPAct 2005 Section 388: “establish an Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Digital Mapping Initiative to assist in decision making related to alternative energy uses on the OCS”• BOEM has funded the development of a Multipurpose Marine Cadastre for this purpose• Partnering with NOAA (the technical lead) to ensure success www.MarineCadastre.gov 13
  14. 14. Atlantic OCS Wind Areas
  15. 15. Concluding Thoughts…BOEM will continue to:• Practice the principles of ocean planning as we apply our renewable energy regulatory framework• Focus on multiple-use• Work with state, federal, and other interested partnersGoal: Achieve efficient, safe, and environmentallysound ocean energy development 20
  16. 16. Atlantic WindConnect Project

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