BOEM advances offshore wind near U.S. territories

By: Chloe Emanuel

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19/06/2024 BOEM

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced a call for ideas on baseline environmental and socioeconomic studies to guide decisions on offshore wind energy activities in U.S. territories. This initiative aims to ensure that offshore energy projects are conducted in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

Dr. Rodney Cluck, Chief of BOEM’s Environmental Studies Program, emphasised the importance of rigorous scientific research and Indigenous knowledge in informing BOEM’s decisions. "Additional research focused on the U.S. territories will increase our understanding of these important areas and the potential impacts of offshore wind energy development on their residents and resources," Cluck stated.

This announcement aligns with the new five-year plan for offshore wind leasing unveiled by Secretary Haaland in April. Since the Biden-Harris administration began, the Department has approved eight commercial-scale offshore wind projects, conducted four offshore wind lease auctions, and progressed in establishing additional Wind Energy Areas across the U.S., resulting in over 10 GW of approved clean energy, enough to power nearly 4 million homes.

BOEM has issued a Request for Letters of Interest (LOI) and a Request for Information (RFI) to identify entities in U.S. territories capable of performing environmental monitoring and studies. The deadline for responses is August 23, 2024.

This effort is part of BOEM’s broader mission to manage U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) resources responsibly, with an expanded geographical scope following the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The Act directs BOEM to consult with U.S. territorial governments on offshore wind energy development suitability and feasibility.

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