Offshore Wind Projects Obtain Expedited Approval Process

Offshore wind projects are inching closer to fruition.  As described in an article on philly.com today, the federal Department of the Interior reported yesterday that portions of the continental shelf off the New Jersey coast are one of several "high-priority" areas in the Mid-Atlantic that would get expedited review for regulatory approval.  In an apparent effort to streamline the wind energy approval processes, the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement will prepare broad regional environmental assessments as opposed to the previous requirement that each individual wind developer prepare its own study.  As the article notes, the policy change is expected to shave about two years off of the nearly decade long approval process.

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