Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Atlantic Wind Energy Workshop Report Released
The workshop, as part of the Smart from the Start Program, brought together federal groups to assist in the planning and development of renewable energy projects in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The agenda included presentations, panel discussions, and break-out sessions, and involved the participation of several federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the United States Geological Society (USGS), and many others.
The goals of the workshop were three-fold: to provide a summary of current research related to the development and environmental impacts of offshore wind development, to identify areas in which more or continued research is needed, and to help target areas of overlap in order to coordinate future endeavors. To reinforce the importance of the third goal, the NOPP Office attended the workshop and presented specific examples of past partnerships to highlight the importance and efficiency of inter-agency collaboration. The NOPP Office also provided an overview of NOPP and how the NOPP funding process works.
The summary report contains a detailed description of the purposes and goals of the workshop, as well as an agenda. The report also includes the presentation abstracts, a summary of the topics discussed during the breakout sessions, and a detailed appendix with full presentations, information about the presenters, and a list of the workshop participants.