Ocean Conservancy: U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Faces Headwinds
- May 13, 2022 2:37 pm GMT
A new report from
"Despite the tremendous potential for offshore wind energy, there are only two operational projects with a total energy output of only 42 megawatts, which means the
Some of the challenges recognized in "From Policy to Power: Federal Actions to Deliver on America's Offshore Potential" are under-resourced federal agencies, an uncertain operating environment, and a lack of coordination among federal agencies and with stakeholders.
"Our analysis found that key federal agencies like
The report, that was also co-authored by
Recommendations in the report are categorized under wind energy areas and project siting, transmission planning, leasing, and operations. They include:
* Codify a novel approach to planning and permitting, including revising BOEM processes that are now well over a decade old,
* Leverage Regional Ocean Partnerships and associated data portals,
* Formalize Memoranda of Understandings with jurisdictional states, Tribes, and local agencies for regional coordination,
* Use the
* Strengthen compliance measures with statutes such as the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The report is the culmination of rigorous policy and legal analyses supported by interviews with policy experts, federal agency staff and a broad swathe of ocean users.
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