U.S. Department of the Interior announces new five year offshore wind leasing program

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland used the Oceantic Network’s 2024 International Partnering Forum, currently under way in New Orleans, to announce a new five-year offshore wind leasing program and to report that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) have finalized updated regulations for renewable energy development on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

Interior says that the final rule increases certainty and...


BOEM designates new Gulf of Mexico Wind Energy Areas

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) reported Friday that it had finalized four new Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) in the Gulf of Mexico. Announcement of the new WEAs follows the first-ever Gulf of Mexico offshore wind lease sale in August this year.

hat sale included three lease areas covering a total of over 300,000 acres: one area off the coast of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and two others off the coast of Galveston, Texas. It produced only one winning bid. RWE Offshore US Gulf, LLC was the...


Bipartisan momentum builds for offshore oil ans gas leasing action

Slow-marching of offshore oil and gas leasing sales by the U.S. Department of the Interior could threaten offshore wind leasing, NOIA (the National Ocean Industries Association) says, noting that Federal law mandates the occurrence of a substantial offshore oil and gas lease sale in the year preceding any new offshore wind lease award.

Now, bipartisan pressure for action on offshore O&G leasing is building. In a move applauded by NOIA, six Democrats in the House of Representatives, from...


NOIA praises Manchin’s Inflation Reduction Act provisions

When President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, among those coming away from the ceremony with a signing pen as a souvenir was Senator Joe Manchin (D.- W.Va.) who cosponsored the legislation with Senator Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.) , As passed, the legislation has a lot in it for the U.S. offshore industry to like and National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Erik Milito paid tribute to Senator Manchin’s efforts in passing it.

“The Inflation Reduction Act puts in place...


Biden takes new actions to boost offshore wind energy

Against the backdrop of a former Massachusetts coal-fired power plant that is to host a cable manufacturing facility to support offshore wind, President Biden today announced a number of executive actions on climate aimed at addressing extreme heat and boosting offshore wind.

Tune in as I deliver remarks on executive actions to tackle the climate crisis and build the opportunity for a clean energy future that will create jobs and lower costs for families. https://t.co/jWblrkfTEh

— President...


Interior releases proposed 5-year offshore oil and gas lease sales program

The U.S. Department of the Interior chose the Friday of the July 4 weekend to release its proposed program for the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) for years 2023-2028.

“This is the second step in a three-step planning process to determine whether or how many offshore oil and gas lease sales to hold over the next five years. The proposed plan puts forward several options from no lease sales up to 11 lease sales over the next five years,” said...


Interior drags heels on offshore oil and gas leasing

During testimony before the U.S Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources today, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said that, “despite delays in implementation from the previous administration,” the Interior Department will release the next step in the five-year offshore energy planning process, the proposed program, by June 30, 2022, which is the expiration of the current program. A proposed program is not a decision to issue specific leases or to authorize any drilling or...


Oil and gas lease sales canceled

The Biden administration is canceling oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s Cook Inlet, according to media reports that cite Interior Department spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz, as saying that the Cook Inlet lease sale would not proceed because of a “lack of industry interest” and that the planned sale of two leases in the Gulf of Mexico was being scrapped because of “conflicting court rulings.”

“This decision is not surprising at all,” said Erik Milito, president of the...


Carolinas offshore wind lease sale draws $315 million in winning bids

Yesterday’s Department of the Interior wind energy auction for two lease areas offshore the Carolinas attracted competitive winning bids from two companies – TotalEnergies Renewables USA and Duke Energy Renewables Wind – totaling approximately $315 million.

The sale offered two lease areas covering 110,091 acres in the Carolina Long Bay area offshore North Carolina and South Carolina. If fully developed, the leases could result in about 1.3 gigawatts of offshore wind energy, enough to power...


Bipartisan support for new GoM offshore oil and gas lease sales

Yesterday, the Senate approved language calling for Senate negotiators to support the issuance of a new five year program for offshore oil and gas leasing as soon as possible and that the new program should include at least two area-wide lease sales per year.

The Senate voted on this language as part of the Motions to Instruct for the upcoming negotiations around the China competitiveness bill.

Notably, the vote passed with support from four Democrats: Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Kyrsten...


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