The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), a division within the Department of the Interior, is responsible for identifying, leasing, and permitting offshore wind farms. BOEM solicits public comments, convenes Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Forces (“Task Forces”) with interested states, and holds public meetings throughout the offshore wind development process to ensure the process is as complete and transparent as possible.
North Carolina is currently a party to two Task Forces; one with the Commonwealth of Virginia and one with the state of South Carolina.
This useful guide created by the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind & The American Wind Energy Association (now the American Clean Power Association) outlines each step of BOEM’s process and at which step public comment periods will be solicited.
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