Found in the Wind: The Value of Early Consultation and Collaboration with Other Ocean Users for Successful Offshore Wind Development

Roger Williams University Law Review

This law review article discusses the intersection of ocean regulatory and management initiatives and offshore wind development. It explains how the government and the private sector can work together in informed, open, inclusive management processes in offshore wind development, which helps revitalize working waterfronts. The article reviews Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) with offshore wind energy development and the role of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE). It discusses the complex environmental rulemaking and review process, and the legal requirements for Wind Energy Areas (WEA) and individual projects. Finally, the author provides recommendations of how the different governmental bodies can work with offshore wind developers in a new ocean industry.