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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
Attention Ocean Researchers, Marine Scientists! BOEM's 2025-2026 Studies Development Plan is Here!
If you’re a marine research professional, oceanographer or ocean scientist, you’ll want to see the new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) FY2025-2026 Studies Development Plan (SDP) published on June 12, 2024.  BOEM contacts for each study are outlined in the Plan.  As part of the agency’s commitment to acquire and use the highest quality...
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Additional Offshore Renewable Energy Development Regulations Streamlined and Modernized
During late April 2024, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) finalized updated regulations for renewable energy development on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that will increase certainty and reduce the costs associated with the deployment of...
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Guice Offshore Vessels; See the Gulf of Mexico Shipwrecks Recommended for National Register of Historic Places!
Watch the BOEM Maritime Heritage Video Series HERE. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has published a series of short videos showcasing 19th century underwater Gulf of Mexico shipwreck sites that have been nominated for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.  The videos explore the captivating realm of shipwrecks and archaeology. They...
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BOEM, BSEE Finalize Rule Streamlining Offshore Renewable Energy Development; New Five-Year Offshore Wind Leasing Schedule
Final rule will make offshore renewable energy development more efficient, save billions of dollars Renewable Energy Modernization Final Rule Fact Sheet: Renewable Energy Modernization Final Rule Renewable Energy Leasing Schedule Overview  At the Oceantic Network International Partnering Forum in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 24, 2024, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced that the...
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Study Finds Interregional Offshore Transmission Network Would Support Long-Term Growth of Atlantic Offshore Wind, Action Plan Identifies Immediate Steps and Extended Efforts During late March 2024, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released findings from the Atlantic Offshore Wind Transmission Study, a two-year study evaluating transmission options to support offshore wind energy deployment along the...
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New England Wind; Guice Offshore's GO Freedom Loading Up for Offshore Wind Work in New York
America’s offshore wind industry made several significant advances in recent weeks, notably highlighted by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issuing two Record of Decisions (RODs) to begin construction:  the Eversource and Ørsted Sunrise Wind offshore wind energy project and Avangrid’s New England Wind offshore wind project (formerly Vineyard Wind South).  The federal government...
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Equinor’s Empire Wind; New York Offshore Wind South Brooklyn Marine Terminal Construction Green-Lighted by BOEM
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced its approval of the Construction and Operations Plan for Equinor’s Empire Wind project today, February 23, 2024, marking another significant milestone in advancing an important New York offshore wind project that will help deliver on both state and federal renewable energy ambitions.  “We are proud to announce BOEM’s...
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Offshore Energy Marine Sites Investigation Updated Guidelines for Providing Geophysical, Geotechnical and Geohazard Information
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) noted on January 2, 2024 that it has updated its Guidelines for Providing Geophysical, Geotechnical, and Geohazard Information Pursuant to 30 CFR Part 585.  These guidelines provide crucial information for industry professionals involved in offshore renewable energy marine sites investigations for projects such as offshore wind. To view...
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Offshore Wind for Central Atlantic, Sunrise Wind Project Advances in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island
Central Atlantic Offshore Wind Proposed for Offshore Delaware, Maryland, Virginia On December 11, 2023, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the proposal of an offshore wind lease sale in the Central Atlantic that includes one area offshore the States of Delaware and Maryland, and one area offshore the Commonwealth of Virginia. Lease Area A-2 consists of...
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Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Approved as Largest Project in the Nation; Guice Offshore Support Vessels Ready to Assist
October 31, 2023 marked the official federal government approval of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) commercial project – the fifth approval of a commercial-scale, offshore wind energy project since 2021.  The announcement supports the nation’s goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030, following the approval of the Vineyard Wind...
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