DOI Moves To Jumpstart Offshore Wind Projects

Law360, New York (November 23, 2010, 6:58 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Tuesday that it would identify priority areas and expedite leases for offshore wind projects in the Atlantic Ocean, where vast amounts of energy could eventually be produced.

Under the DOI's Smart From the Start initiative, the leasing process will be simplified in situations where there is only one qualified and interested developer — a move the agency said could shorten the process by as much as six to 12 months.

The DOI also said it would aggressively process applications...
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