DOI and DOE Enter MOU to Foster Collaboration on Offshore Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Projects

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The Department of Interior and the Department of Energy have agreed to strengthen the working relationship between the two agencies on the future development of commercial renewable offshore energy projects, including the marine and hydrokinetic energy projects, on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

The Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on June 29, 2010 on behalf of the DOI and DOE respectively.

According to a press release by DOE, an inter-agency workgroup will be formed within 30 days of the signing of the MOU, which will develop an Action Plan covering the following areas:

  • Development of attainable deployment goals for offshore wind and marine and hydrokinetic energy on the OCS
  • Siting and Permitting
  • Resource Assessment
  • Technical Standards
  • Data Exchange and Public Engagement