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MMS and Alternative Energy Alaska Coastal Management Program Statewide Conference March 4, 2009.

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1 MMS and Alternative Energy Alaska Coastal Management Program Statewide Conference March 4, 2009

2 Energy Policy Act (EPAct) Signed on August 8, Signed on August 8, Section 388--Alternative energy production on OCS. Section 388--Alternative energy production on OCS. Gives new authorities to Secretary of the Interior for alternative energy and alternative uses. Gives new authorities to Secretary of the Interior for alternative energy and alternative uses.

3 EPAct and DOI Grant leases, easements, or ROW for AE related uses of Federal OCS lands Grant leases, easements, or ROW for AE related uses of Federal OCS lands Lead agency for coordinating the permitting process with other Federal Agencies. Lead agency for coordinating the permitting process with other Federal Agencies. Monitor and regulate AE production and support service facilities Monitor and regulate AE production and support service facilities

4 Minerals Management Service Environmental and engineering expertise and research Environmental and engineering expertise and research Regulatory expertise Regulatory expertise Trained offshore inspection workforce Trained offshore inspection workforce

5 MMS and Alternative Energy Act as lead agency for Federal offshore AE Act as lead agency for Federal offshore AE Consult with states and other stakeholders Consult with states and other stakeholders Grant leases, easements, or ROW for AE related uses of Federal OCS Grant leases, easements, or ROW for AE related uses of Federal OCS

6 MMS and Alternative Energy Pursue appropriate enforcement actions Pursue appropriate enforcement actions Require financial surety for end of economic life decommissioning Require financial surety for end of economic life decommissioning Regulate, monitor, and determine fair return Regulate, monitor, and determine fair return

7 EPAct DOES NOT Supersede or modify existing authority of any other agency with regard to permitting alternative energy projects. Supersede or modify existing authority of any other agency with regard to permitting alternative energy projects. Authorize any leasing, exploration or development activities for oil or natural gas. Authorize any leasing, exploration or development activities for oil or natural gas. Apply to NPS, NWR, NMS or NM units Apply to NPS, NWR, NMS or NM units

8 MMS AE Program Objectives Dialog with affected state and local governments, other Federal agencies. Dialog with affected state and local governments, other Federal agencies. Ensure protection of the environment. Ensure protection of the environment. Ensure human safety. Ensure human safety. Ensure fair return on OCS lands. Ensure fair return on OCS lands. Share revenue with affected States. Share revenue with affected States.

9 MMS AE Program Milestones Final Programmatic EISNov Final Programmatic EISNov Interim Policy AnnouncedNov Interim Policy AnnouncedNov Record of Decision on PEISJan.2008 Record of Decision on PEISJan.2008 Proposed Rule publishedJuly 2008 Proposed Rule publishedJuly 2008

10 Upcoming Activities Continuing coordination with stakeholders. Continuing coordination with stakeholders. Initiate environmental studies. Initiate environmental studies. Determine leasing priorities and issue limited leases under interim policy. Determine leasing priorities and issue limited leases under interim policy. Prepare environmental compliance documents (NEPA, ESA, CZMA). Prepare environmental compliance documents (NEPA, ESA, CZMA). Finalize the rule. Finalize the rule.

11 Additional Information MMS website: hore/AlternativeEnergy/in dex.htm MMS website: hore/AlternativeEnergy/in dex.htm hore/AlternativeEnergy/in dex.htm hore/AlternativeEnergy/in dex.htm Maureen A. Bornholdt Program Manager Office of Alternative Energy Programs Minerals Management Service, Mail Stop Elden Street Herndon, VA Maureen A. Bornholdt Program Manager Office of Alternative Energy Programs Minerals Management Service, Mail Stop Elden Street Herndon, VA


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