Officials from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) will host officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) at public information sessions to discuss a request for interest (RFI) for commercial leasing for wind power on the Outer Continental Shelf off of the Massachusetts coast.
The meetings are scheduled for Feb. 16 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in New Bedford; Feb. 17 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Oak Bluffs; and Feb. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Oak Bluffs.
The RFI, issued in December 2010, is the first step in the multi-year federal leasing process for offshore wind energy development in approximately 3,000 square miles of federal waters off the Massachusetts coast.
The meetings are designed to provide public officials, the fishing industry, local residents and others with information on the RFI process to date and outline next steps. The sessions will include presentations from the EEA, BOEMRE and representatives from the USCG, followed by question-and-answer sessions. Public comments can also be submitted to BOEMRE until Feb. 28.