Outer Continental Shelf Renewable Energy Meetings Scheduled

Workshops will provide opportunity to learn about program.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar says the Department of the Interior will host 12 public workshops to discuss the newly-issued regulatory program for renewable energy development on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.  The new program establishes a process for granting leases, easements and rights-of-way for offshore renewable energy projects as well as methods for sharing revenues generated from these projects with adjacent coastal states. The program becomes effective later this month.


Secretary Salazar says the offshore renewable energy framework will create new opportunities for clean power off the coasts, while providing certainty to industry and investors. Salazar added that as this new framework is implemented it's important to ensure that everyone with an interest in the future of offshore renewable energy has the opportunity to learn about this program, gather the information they need and participate in their government.


The first workshop will be held in Washington, D.C. this Thursday, June 4, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern time at the South Interior Building Auditorium. Additional public workshops will be held at: Norfolk, Va. on June 8, 2009; Boston, Mass. on June 9; New Orleans, La. on June 9; New York, N.Y. on June 10; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. on June 10; Monmouth, N.J. on June 11; Savannah, Ga. on June 11; Rockport, Maine on June 15; Seattle, Wash. on June 24; Portland, Ore. on June 25; and San Francisco, Calif. on June 26.

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