Executing OCS Renewable Energy Projects

Law360, New York (April 20, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- On April 9, 2009, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of the Interior signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding jurisdictional oversight of hydrokinetic and other renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

Under the MOU, Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) will have exclusive jurisdiction with regard to the production, transportation or transmission of energy from nonhydrokinetic renewable energy projects on the OCS, such as wind and solar.

The agencies will split jurisdiction with respect to hydrokinetic energy projects on the...
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