BOEM Starts Planning for 2020 Renewables Leasing Plan

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management plans to continue advancing renewable energy through an aggressive leasing program if the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget is approved. The proposed budget requests $21.3 million for renewable energy activities, which include permitting for the siting and construction of offshore wind farms on the outer continental shelf, and other forms of renewable energy such as wave and current energy. If the aggressive offshore renewables leasing program is implemented, BOEM said it will ensure the environmental review and permitting process for renewable energy projects are coordinated, predictable, and transparent.