MMS Workshop on Offshore Renewable Energy Rules 

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the 1st Floor Conference Room at 3801 Centerpoint Drive in Anchorage

The Interior Department’s Minerals Management Service (MMS), the agency charged with regulating renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), is hosting a public workshop to discuss the framework to manage offshore renewable energy development. The workshop is open to the public and will consist of a presentation on the regulations, MMS research, and a question and answer session.

The Final Framework for Renewable Energy Development on the OCS was published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2009.  The framework establishes a process for granting leases, easements, and rights-of-way for offshore renewable energy development.  The new program also establishes methods for sharing revenues generated from OCS renewable energy projects with adjacent coastal States.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 granted MMS the authority to regulate renewable energy development on the OCS.  MMS has exclusive jurisdiction with regard to the production, transportation, or transmission of energy from non-hydrokinetic renewable energy projects, including wind and solar.  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has exclusive jurisdiction to issue licenses for the construction and operation of hydrokinetic projects, including wave and current, but companies will be required to first obtain a lease through MMS.

For additional information on the MMS renewable energy workshop, please contact Rance Wall at rance.wall@mms.gov or call (907) 334-5321.

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