Offshore Wind Task Force Meets
The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is assessing Oregon’s continental shelf for sites for wind energy development. “Call areas,” where BOEM intends to offer leases to would-be wind developers who will then conduct more detailed site studies, may be announced soon. This is a looming reality, but brings with it a host of environmental concerns.
The next meeting of the BOEM Oregon Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force takes place online on Friday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting's purpose is to provide an update to Task Force members on activities relevant to offshore wind energy, and to discuss next steps in the BOEM authorization process, including the identification of "Call Areas" for potential offshore wind leasing consideration in Oregon. It is an opportunity for the public to observe the task force and learn more about what is being considered.
The task force is an intergovernmental group. Task Force members include federal, state, local, tribal, and elected officials. Members of the public are invited to listen, and there will be an opportunity for public input after the close of the morning and afternoon sessions. Written input may be submitted in advance of the meeting via email to [email protected], with the subject line "2/25 BOEM Task Force Public Input" by February 22.
For a meeting agenda, and to register to attend (advanced registration is required), go to https://www.boem.gov/OregonTaskForceMeeting10.
To see background materials, and find a link to the meeting when one is made public, go here.