FERC, DOI Bring Official End To Hydropower Turf War

Law360, New York (April 13, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service have officially resolved a jurisdictional dispute over who should oversee offshore renewable energy projects, with both sides giving ground from their original demands.

Under a memorandum of understanding signed Thursday, MMS will have exclusive jurisdiction to issue leases, easements and rights-of-way regarding wave, tidal and ocean current projects in the Outer Continental Shelf, which in most places stretches from 3 to 12 miles offshore.

As a result, FERC will no longer...
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