Pacific Offshore Wind: Environmental Permitting

Pacific Offshore Wind: Environmental Permitting

July 13, 2022 | Online :: Pacific Time

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is moving steadily toward leasing for floating offshore wind along the west coast of the United States. With Wind Energy Areas already established in California, and draft Call Areas identified in Oregon, leasing is planned for Q3 of 2022 for California and Q3 of 2023 for Oregon. One of the major challenges facing this quickly emerging sector is the extensive permitting requirements and the imperfect information available to support agency decision-making. 

This forum will bring leading experts to discuss all aspects of the BOEM leasing process and associated permits and consultations, along with an update on the state of the science of environmental effects of OSW, priority issues, adaptive management, and an update on technologies that will help monitor potential impacts.

Register now for this virtual forum where you will gain an understanding of the OSW sector on the West Coast and examine the myriad aspects of permitting and their impacts on the process of implementing Pacific Offshore Wind.

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide attendees an opportunity to:

  • Explore environmental review policies and processes for Pacific Offshore Wind Farm permitting
  • Examine BOEM processes and current POSW timelines
  • Identify agency, permit, and consultation requirements for offshore wind proposals
  • Review NEPA regulations and requirements for project implementation
  • Discuss the state-of-the-science in evaluating the environmental effects of OSW farms on offshore and land environments
  • Analyze strategies for successful monitoring
  • Appraise strategies for mitigating the impact of data gaps in environmental analyses
  • Evaluate the challenges and potential benefits of applying an adaptive management approach to offshore wind development
  • Assess developing technologies for environmental monitoring of proposed offshore wind sites
  • Demonstrate best practices and provisions for moving projects through the permitting process


Wednesday, July 13, 2022 : Pacific Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Course Timing


9:00 – 9:30 a.m. :: BOEM Structure and Process Timelines

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is authorized to issue leases, easements, and rights of way to allow for renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf, coordinating with relevant federal agencies and state and local governments to ensure that development takes place in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. The phases of BOEM’s renewable energy program include planning, leasing, site assessment, and construction and operations, engaging key stakeholders throughout the process in order to more effectively address and manage potential conflicts among interested and potentially affect parties. This opening session will examine how BOEM manages its statutory obligations and provides certainty and flexibility in overseeing OSW development.

Necy Sumait, Regional Supervisor, Office of Strategic Resources, Pacific Office, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. :: Federal Regulations, Permits, and Consultations

The regulatory and legal requirements for offshore wind installation and operation involve a complex array of federal, state, and local authorities. As projects are implemented, it is imperative for both developers and supply chain entities to know the regulatory policies and processes of federal and state governments. During this session, instructors will provide a review of the major agencies, permits, and consultations requirements for offshore wind.

Lisa Gilbane, Biologist, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: NEPA Overview and Requirements for OSW

The National Environmental Policy Act is a principal U.S. environmental law that requires that major federal actions with the potential to affect the human environment meet certain basic process requirements. BOEM leases and approval of construction and operation plans for offshore wind are subject to NEPA review. Leases historically require an environmental assessment, while approval of construction and operations plans require a full Environmental Impact Statement. This session will explicate the fundamentals of NEPA, and the law’s requirements for offshore wind projects.

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. :: Lunch Break

12:45 – 2:00 p.m. :: State of the Science of Environmental Effects of OSW

Addressing and minimizing the environmental impacts of OSW are among the wind industry’s highest priorities, and years of research and advances in technology continue to shape and inform the decision-making processes on issues related to siting and permitting. This session will provide an overview of current knowledge around the environmental aspects of wind development at offshore locations. The session will cover topics related to: vessel collision, noise, entanglement, benthic ecology, fish ecology, electromagnetic fields, and bird and bat behavior.

Cris Hein, Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Research Recommendations for Offshore Wind                                

Environmental research priorities associated with offshore wind development have been collated from existing resources. Research priorities have considerations across the lifecycle of an offshore wind farm, spatiotemporal scales, species being addressed, and methods available for filling data needs. This update will focus on OSW/environmental research recommendations that have been collated for U.S. waters.

Mark Severy, Marine Energy Specialist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break                                             

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. :: Monitoring, Mitigation, and Adaptive Management

Adaptive management (AM) is a learning-based management approach that is used to reduce scientific uncertainty and promote flexible decision-making that can be adjusted in the face of scientific uncertainties. In terms of offshore wind, adaptive management allows for projects to move forward with imperfect information, but requires ongoing monitoring and mitigation plans. This presentation will examine the challenges of adaptive management and discuss its potential to help advance the industry while reducing environmental effects.

4:00 – 4:45 p.m. :: Technologies Changing the Way We Monitor Environmental Effects

Responsibly developing offshore wind relies on our understanding of the potential impacts of offshore wind development on marine and coastal resources. Improved data gathering provided by advancing technologies can help to identify and address and relevant environmental concerns more productively. This session will discuss the technologies being applied to better understand the marine environment at proposed offshore wind sites, as well as the development and application of instrumentation that will help to improve wind farm functionality and minimize impacts on that environment.

4:45 – 5:00 p.m. :: Open Q&A / Networking


Jason Busch, Executive Director, Pacific Ocean Energy Trust

Jason Busch is Executive Director of the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET), an organization that supports the responsible development of marine energy on the West Coast. Mr. Busch is also a co-chair of the Marine Energy Council, the national trade group for the marine hydrokinetic energy sector. He is also on the Energy Trust of Oregon’s Renewable Energy Advisory Committee, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development Territorial Sea Plan Rulemaking Project Committee, the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center Advisory Council, and the Department of State Lands Rulemaking Advisory Committee. He has multiple publications, including a chapter in Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law, published by Oxford University Press.

Prior to joining POET, Mr. Busch was Principal at Sustainable Legal Solutions LLC, where he provided legal services specializing in renewable energy company start-ups and project development. Previously, he was an attorney for Ater Wynne and Stoel Rives in Portland, Oregon.

Lisa Gilbane, Biologist, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

Cris Hein, Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Justin Klure, Managing Partner, Pacific Energy Ventures 

Mark Severy, Marine Energy Specialist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Necy Sumait, Regional Supervisor, Office of Strategic Resources, Pacific Office, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

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  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
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  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event


Pacific Offshore Wind: Environmental Permitting

July 13, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, video, and Q&A will be used in the program.

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Course CPE Credits: 8.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

  • Offshore Wind Project Developers
  • Offshore Wind Project Managers
  • Utility Leaders
  • Grid and Transmission personnel
  • Asset Owners
  • Wind Turbine OEMs
  • Electric Cable OEMs
  • Contractors
  • Consultants
  • Government Agencies
  • Maritime Support Entities
  • EPCI Contractors
  • Marine Contractors
  • Shipping Companies
  • Port Authorities
  • Offshore Wind NGOs
  • Environmental NGOs
  • Lenders and Counsel
  • Investors and Financers

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