Offshore Wind

Federal Offshore Wind Laws & Agencies

  • Depart of the Interior Minerals Management Service Alternative Energy Programs
  • Energy Policy Act of 2005 s. 388 (ALTERNATE ENERGY-RELATED USES ON THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF) (codified at 43 U.S.C. 1337)
  • OCSLA (Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, codified at 43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.)
  • OCS Alternative Energy and Alternate Use Programmatic EIS Information Center (“The United States Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service (MMS), has prepared a final programmatic EIS in support of the establishment of a program for authorizing alternative energy and alternate use (AEAU) activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), as authorized by Section 388 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct), and codified in subsection 8(p) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). The final programmatic EIS examines the potential environmental effects of the program on the OCS and identifies policies and best management practices that may be adopted for the program. Under the program, MMS has jurisdiction over AEAU projects on the OCS including, but not limited to: offshore wind energy, wave energy, ocean current energy, offshore solar energy, and hydrogen generation. MMS will also have jurisdiction over other projects that make alternate use of existing oil and natural gas platforms in Federal waters on the OCS.”)

State offshore wind issues and initiatives

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