House Passes Legislation Clarifying Rules For Offshore Wind Projects

Posted by NAW Staff on December 13, 2011 No Comments
Categories : Policy Watch

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R.2360 – the Providing for Our Workforce and Energy Resources Act (POWER Act) – a bill introduced by Rep. Jeff Landry, R-La., that clarifies that offshore wind farms must comply with the same laws governing offshore oil and gas production.

The POWER Act amends the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to extend the Constitution, laws, and civil and political jurisdiction of the U.S. to installations attached to the seabed of the Outer Continental Shelf that may be erected to produce or support production of energy from sources other than oil and gas, as well as to any installation or device (other than a ship or vessel) for transmitting such energy.

‘The POWER Act provides important certainty so investors can confidently support offshore renewable projects and create new jobs for American offshore workers,’ Landry notes.

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