Webinar on Marine Spatial Planning
Under the National Ocean Policy Act, state and regional ocean planning bodies around the US are mandated to conduct marine spatial planning efforts. These are particularly focused on guiding offshore renewable energy development. (The Obama administration has pushed this agenda as hard as possible. It remains to be seen what direction this will take under the new administration.)
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. This free, hour-long webinar offers the opportunity to learn more about the regional planning effort, its effect on marine renewable energy development, and how stakeholders can engage in this effort. The webinar will 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 U.S. are looking to conduct similar site assessments to help de-risk offshore wind development and lower costs.
One of the presenters is Andy Lanier, Ocean Resources Lead for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s Coastal Management Program. How Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan will mesh with a West Coast-wide marine planning effort is a key question.
This webinar is a presentation of Clean Energy Group’s Offshore Wind Accelerator Project (OWAP), in partnership with the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET).