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BOEM extends OCS developer timeline

UNITED STATES: The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has extended the time for companies to submit their plans for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) renewable energy development.

A rendering showing how a project on OCS would look from Tybee Island Pier, Georgia
A rendering showing how a project on OCS would look from Tybee Island Pier, Georgia
BOEM has extended the time requirements lessees and grantees have to submit site assessment plans or general activities plans to 12 months.

Previously, developers were required to submit their plans either 60 days after BOEM determined there was no competitive interest in the lease or grant; or six months after the lease or grant was issued competitively.

BOEM director Tommy Beaudreau said: "To help foster diligent and responsible offshore renewable energy development, BOEM is making practical adjustments to these planning requirements in order to provide reasonable timeframes for the thorough preparation of these planning documents, which are fundamental steps in ensuring that offshore wind projects are designed properly."

Earlier this month, BOEM issued an environmental assessment for an area on the OCS off the coast of Georgia. Plans had been submitted by Southern Company to investigate the feasibility of developing offshore wind resources in the area.

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