U.S. Interior Proposes Renewable Energy Regulations for the Outer Continental Shelf

For the first time since 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is proposing to modernize rules promulgated by its predecessor, the Minerals Management Service (MMS), facilitating the development of wind energy resources on the outer continental shelf (OCS). The 93-page proposed rule, published in the Federal Register Monday, covers decommissioning, geophysical and geotechnical survey submission requirements, approval of meteorological (met) buoys, project verification procedures, and BOEM’s renewable energy auction process, among many others. A related, final rule codifies the division of responsibility between BOEM and another MMS successor, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, as set forth in a December 2020 memorandum of understanding.