The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management welcomes the public to the virtual meeting planned for later this month for the Central Atlantic Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force, encompassing the area offshore Delaware south to Cape Hatteras.
Task force members, which include federal, state, local, Tribal, and elected officials, will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16.
During the meeting, BOEM officials said that the task force hopes to hear from the public on the draft Central Atlantic Renewable Energy Call for Information and Nominations Area. There will also be a discussion on stakeholder issues and concerns, and information will be shared about ocean uses and biological and physical resources.
Members of the public are invited to listen, and there will be an opportunity for questions and comments. Register online for the Task Force meeting.
BOEM has been responsible for offshore renewable energy development in federal waters since 2009, when the Department of the Interior announced the final regulations for the Outer Continental Shelf Renewable Energy Program, authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The regulations are the framework for all of the activities needed to support production and transmission of energy from sources other than oil and natural gas, according to the federal agency.
Virginia Clean Economy Act was passed in 2020, committing Virginia to transitioning to 100% clean energy by 2050. Then-Gov. Ralph Northam requested BOEM create a renewable energy regional task force that could lead to a lease sale. BOEM agreed and created the task force.
For more information on the Central Atlantic offshore wind activities visit BOEM’s website.