Renewables: Offshore

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 established the Outer Continental Shelf Renewable Energy Program and created guidelines that inform BOEM's regulations for offshore wind, ocean wave, and ocean current energy.

So far, the majority of renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf has been wind energy. For each state with the potential to harness wind energy, BOEM convenes a unique intergovernmental task force of federal agencies, state agencies, and tribes. This taskforce helps guide the project from planning through decommissioning. Taskforce meetings are open to the public.

Managed and regulated by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) manages monetary transactions.

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Plan
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Lease
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Explore
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Develop
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Revenue collected by ONRR

Bonus

The amount the highest bidder paid for a natural resource lease.

Rent

$3.00 per acre

Fees

$0.25 per acre
acquisition fee
2%
operating fee

Operating fees sometimes vary if they are otherwise specified or waived

Get involved

Participate in the offshore renewables leasing process.

Coastal States

BOEM has task forces in 16 coastal states to coordinate public engagement. Attend a meeting near you.

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