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HRC Offers Recommendations for Implementation of the MOU between DOI and DOE

Through a letter sent to the Department of Interior and Department of Energy, the Hydropower Reform Coalition supported the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reached by the two departments for offshore energy development, including marine and hydrokinetic.

The Departments reached the MOU last month, in which they agreed to work together for development of wind and marine & hydrokinetic energy.

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

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.

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FERC and MMS Clarify Jurisdictional Issues

After months of row between FERC and Mineral Management Services (MMS) under the Department of Interior over jurisdiction over renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), the two agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) yesterday that clarifies each agency's roles and responsibilities.Under the agreement, FERC will have the authority to issue licenses or exemptions to hydrokinetic projects on the OCS while MMS will be responsible for issuing leases, easements, and rights-of-way for such projects.

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