For coastal areas of the United States, offshore renewable energy projects including wind, wave and hydro may provide the best opportunity for renewable energy generation. In May 2009, Mineral Management Services issued a new rule governing site leasing for offshore renewable energy projects proposed in federal waters. Because offshore projects typically impact both federal and state waters, states are slowly coming to the table with their own regulatory programs. However, it remains to be seen whether the state and federal regulatory programs will come together cohesively.
This QT invites interested attorneys to peek into the future of offshore renewable energy in the United States. The panel members will discuss the US Offshore Renewable Industry generally, as well as address specific projects, and will identify obstacles to development including regulatory uncertainly and state and federal inconsistencies, as well as transmission and grid issues.