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February 16, 2011

BOEMRE Preparing Assessment for Offshore Wind in the mid-Atlantic

Public comment for use in the environmental assessment (EA) of mid-Atlantic offshore wind development is being accepted through March 11, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) announced on February 8. The EA will analyze the impacts of leasing as well as associated site characterization surveys and assessments for the areas identified for priority commercial wind development. Analyses will be initiated for designated "wind energy areas" off the coasts of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia. On February 7, DOE and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), which oversees BOEMRE, announced coordinated efforts to speed development of U.S. offshore wind energy resources.

The EA is part of DOI's "Smart from the Start" renewable energy initiative that will facilitate environmentally responsible leasing of designated wind energy areas on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf that are most suitable for potential development. See the BOEMRE press release and the notice in the Federal RegisterPDF.