US offshore expansion on menu
Future leasing on agenda for BOEM fact-gathering on Atlantic OCS
The US government is seeking feedback on a potential expansion of offshore wind leasing on the Atlantic outer continental shelf.
Officials from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold a public meeting on 19 April in Annapolis, Maryland, to provide “an overview of a preliminary framework to help determine where future renewable energy leasing areas may be considered”.
It will also be seeking industry input on “factors that may influence future offshore wind leasing efforts”.
Of areas already identfied on the east coast, only Georgia and Florida have failed to progress towards a full competitive leasing round.
“Your feedback is important. BOEM will use these initial discussions to inform future offshore wind leasing in federal waters,” it said.
"BOEM will make sure that key stakeholders and the public are aware of future opportunities to provide feedback as well,” it added.
The meeting is open to the public, although co-located with the Mid-Atlantic Waterways Conference and the International Offshore Wind Partnerning Forum.
Image: Virginia is among the states that have already held offshore lease auctions (reNEWS)
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