BOEM and Maine form Offshore Renewable Energy Task ForceNews // September 17, 2010
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) in the US and the state of Maine have announced the formation of an offshore renewable energy task force.
The inter-governmental task force has been formed to facilitate communication between BOEM and local, state, tribal and federal stakeholders in the state concerning commercial renewable energy leasing and development on the OCS off the coast of Maine.
The task force includes state government officials designated by the Governor, relevant officials from affected federal agencies, elected local government officials and tribal leaders.
“BOEM created this task force to facilitate the efficient and effective review of proposed renewable energy projects on the OCS offshore Maine,” said BOEM Director Michael R Bromwich.
“We will continue to work together to initiate the commercial leasing process that enables Maine to meet its objective of renewable energy development, and continue our work in support of the Administration’s goal of expanding our nation’s energy resource portfolio.”
“This is an important next step for Maine and the nation in meeting the challenges of energy independence and security, climate change and economic development. Deep water energy development employing advanced technologies holds great promise,” said Governor of Maine, John E Baldacci.
“Maine is building on its leadership in renewable ocean energy, harnessing its strength of expertise and research advances at the University of Maine and ocean-related businesses and industries.”