Accession Number : ADA494339
Title : Wind Energy: Offshore Permitting
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : Vann, Adam
Report Date : 01 May 2008
Pagination or Media Count : 20
Abstract : Technological advancements and tax incentives have driven a global expansion in the development of renewable energy resources. Wind energy, in particular, is now often cited as the fastest growing commercial energy source in the world. Currently, all U.S. wind energy facilities are based on land; however, multiple offshore projects have been proposed and are moving through the permitting process. It is clear that the United States has the authority to permit and regulate offshore wind energy development within the zones of the oceans under its jurisdiction. The federal government and coastal states each have roles in the permitting process, the extent of which depends on whether the project is located in state or federal waters. Currently, no single federal agency has exclusive responsibility for permitting activities on submerged lands in federal waters; authority is instead allocated among various agencies based on the nature of the resource to be exploited and the type of impacts incidental to such exploitation. Likewise, in the wind energy context, several federal agencies will have a role to play in permitting development and operation activities.
Descriptors : *ENERGY CONSERVATION , *WIND , OFFSHORE , LITIGATION , LEGISLATION , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , POLICIES
Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Non-electrical Energy Conversion
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE