Update on the West Coast Regional Planning Body

Webinar Held February 2

Pursuant to the National Ocean Policy Executive Order, state and regional ocean planning bodies around the U.S. are undergoing marine spatial planning efforts. Marine spatial planning can inform and help guide marine ocean energy planning and is an important tool to guide offshore renewable energy development.

The Northeast and Atlantic regions recently completed their marine spatial plans. The West Coast Regional Planning Body is gathering data and preparing to draft a marine spatial plan. Please join us on this free webinar to learn more about the regional planning effort, its effect on marine renewable energy development, and how stakeholders can engage in this effort. We’ll also briefly cover how Rhode Island’s lead in ocean planning helped Deepwater Wind efficiently navigate permitting for its Block Island Wind Farm and how it helped the project gain public support. Other states in the US are looking to conduct similar site assessments to help de-risk offshore wind development and lower costs.

Presenters:
– John Hansen, NOAA contractor leading West Coast planning efforts
– Andy Lanier, Ocean Resources Lead, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
– Jennifer Hennessey, Washington Department of Commerce

This webinar is a presentation of Clean Energy Group’s Offshore Wind Accelerator Project (OWAP), in partnership with the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET).

Click here for more information and to register!

Contributed by: Mark Nystrom | AOC Energy, Environment & Land Use Policy Manager