US Offshore Wind Energy-Standards and Third Party Oversight

D Wisch – Offshore Technology Conference, May 2012

The Bureau of Offshore Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), subsequently reorganized into Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), part of the US Department of the Interior, had been given responsibility as the lead agency in the regulatory process for offshore wind energy. In developing the framework and requirements, BOEMRE has drawn heavily on previous experience as the lead agency for the offshore oil and gas industry in addition to reviewing land based practices and practices in other countries.

In 2010, BOEMRE asked the National Research Council (NRC) Marine Board to review the BOEMRE approach utilizing third parties to review aspects of the design, fabrication and installation of offshore wind energy facilities. BOEMRE commissioned the Marine Board to perform a study to assess the potential. The study scope was limited to structural safety and to aspects of structural safety during operations that could be affected during design, fabrication and installation.


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