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S.C. one step closer to offshore wind development

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced publication of the South Carolina Call for Information and Nominations for commercial leasing of wind power on the outer continental shelf off the South Carolina coast. BOEM is asking interested parties to submit nominations for commercial wind leases, thus allowing lessees to propose the construction of wind energy projects to be developed after further environmental review. BOEM is using the call to gauge interest in the designated call areas. The Call for Information was published on Wednesday November 25th and will have a 60-day comment period. For more information about the call areas, click here

In addition, BOEM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) in the Federal Register on November 23, 2015 (under Docket ID: BOEM-2015-0125). Through the NOI, BOEM is seeking public comment to assist in determining issues and alternatives to be analyzed in the EA. The EA will consider potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts associated with issuing commercial wind leases and approving site assessment activities on the lease areas. The NOI has a 60-day public comment period.