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Offshore Wind Energy Projects: Summary of a Workshop
In mid-2009, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) of the U.S. Department of the Interior, in collaboration with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, issued a regulatory framework and interim guidelines for the orderly, safe, and environmentally responsible development of offshore renewable energy projects on the outer continental shelf. Under the current agreement, MMS is responsible for overseeing nonhydrokinetic renewable energy projects (such as wind). The regulations published in mid-2009 put forth a general framework for leases and project review but do not specify standards or prescriptive requirements for facility design, fabrication, and installation or for environmental and safety management, inspection, and facility assessment. Therefore, MMS asked the National Academies for assistance in these areas. A workshop was held to bring together interested parties and stakeholders for the exchange of technical information, discussion of key issues, identification of problems or concerns, and review of possible approaches that the MMS might consider. The workshop was organized by the Transportation Research Board's Marine Board. This web document contains a factual summary of what occurred at the workshop. It summarizes the presentations, discussions, comments from the participants, and key results of the workshop. It includes the workshop agenda, which has links to each presentation in PowerPoint format.
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) of the U.S. Department of the Interior is now the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement within the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Transportation Research Board Conference Proceedings on the Web
Offshore Wind Energy Projects Workshop
Washington DC, United States
Design; Energy; Environment; Marine Transportation; Terminals and Facilities; I20: Design and Planning of Transport Infrastructure
Nov 17 2011 9:07AM