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Wind Energy: Offshore Permitting


Section 388 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct; P.L. 109-58) addresses previous uncertainties regarding offshore wind projects. This provision retains a role for the Army Corps of Engineers in permitting under the Rivers and Harbors Act but grants ultimate authority over offshore wind energy development to the Secretary of the Interior. The provision also contains various exemptions from the regulatory regime it establishes for projects that received certain permits prior to the enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The Minerals Management Service (MMS), an agency within the Department of the Interior (DOI), has issued regulations that implement the statutory authority under Section 388. This report supersedes CRS Report RL32658, Wind Energy: Offshore Permitting, by Adam Vann.


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