In the October 25, 2019 issue of the Federal Register, the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published a notice of availability seeking public comment on BOEM’s Draft Proposed Guidelines for Providing Information on Lighting and Marking of Structures Supporting Renewable Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Public comment will be accepted through November 20, 2019.
BOEM is specifically seeking comment on whether their draft proposed guidelines set forth appropriate recommendation and whether the guidelines are necessary given applicable international standards and practices. These draft proposed guidelines contain recommendations for industry to follow and also summarize the relevant Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and United States Coast Guard (USCG) regulatory requirements on lighting and marking design for wind energy facilities on Federal renewable energy leases.
BOEM’s goal is to ensure that the lighting and marking of offshore wind energy facilities:
- Are safe;
- do not unreasonably interfere with other uses of the OCS;
- do not cause undue harm or damage to natural resources; life (including human and wildlife); property; the marine, coastal, or human environment; or sites, structures, or objects of historical or archaeological significance;
- use best available and safest technology; and
- use best management practices.