April 5 (Renewables Now) - The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said on Wednesday it is assessing all waters off the US Atlantic coast for potential future offshore wind lease locations.
The Department of the Interior agency asked for input via a request for feedback (RfF) that will be published in the Federal Register on April 6. Comments will be accepted by May 21.
BOEM listed a number of proposed factors for identifying areas along the Atlantic that could be most suitable for offshore wind development. These include areas adjacent to states with offshore wind economic incentives, areas adjacent to states with an interest in identifying additional lease areas, areas greater than 10 nautical miles from shore and areas shallower than 60 metre in depth, among others.
BOEM in particular wants comments on the merits of the proposed factors and whether other factors should be considered at the current preliminary stage.
"The outlook for offshore wind is bright and today, we are taking the next step to ensure a domestic offshore wind industry," said Counselor for Energy Policy, Vincent DeVito.
BOEM has so far held seven competitive lease sales and has awarded 13 commercial offshore wind leases with about 17 GW of capacity. There are wind energy leases off every state from Massachusetts to North Carolina.