[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 230 (Tuesday, December 1, 2015)]
[Pages 75078-75079]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-30452]



Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

National Offshore Wind Strategy Workshop

AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of 

ACTION: Notification of public meeting.


SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Water Power 
Technologies Office (WWPTO) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) 
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Office (BOEM) are convening a 
workshop to obtain individual stakeholder insight into the technical 
and market challenges and potential pathways to facilitate the 
development of the offshore wind industry in the United States. The 
workshop seeks individual input across the range of U.S. offshore wind 
stakeholders to better inform efforts to update and refine the 2011 A 
National Offshore Wind Strategy.

DATES: DOE and DOI will hold a workshop on Thursday, December 10th, 
2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Washington, DC. RSVP is required 
by December 7th, 2015.

ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at the Hotel Palomar DC located at 
2121 P St NW., Washington, DC 20037.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions may be directed to Greg 
Matzat, Department of Energy at (202) 586-2776 or 
[email protected], or Jim Bennett, Department of the Interior at 
(703) 787-1300 or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Since the release of the 2011 A National 
Offshore Wind Strategy: Creating an Offshore Wind Energy Industry in 
the United States, DOE has invested in 55 projects and demonstrations 
and DOI has held five offshore wind lease sales. A 2016 update to A 
National Offshore Wind Strategy is currently underway at the agencies, 
which aims to better understand how the industry has changed in the 
past five years, identify the key challenges still facing the U.S. 
industry, explore potential pathways for offshore wind in the U.S., and 
identify the activities needed to facilitate offshore wind development.
    The focus of the workshop will be for agencies to receive public 
input, questions, and recommendations for areas of potential 
improvement in the refinement and updating of the 2011 A National 
Offshore Wind Strategy. Particular areas of interest will include 
technical and market challenges facing offshore wind and potential 
pathways forward. Participants should limit information and comments to 
those based on personal experience, individual advice, information, or 
facts regarding these topics.
    It is not the object of this session to obtain any group position 
or consensus relating to the strategic actions or inactions of the 
industry as a whole or those of DOE or DOI; rather, the agencies are 
seeking as much insight as possible from all the individuals at this 
meeting. To most effectively use the limited time please refrain from 
passing judgment on another participant's recommendations or advice 
and, instead, concentrate on your individual experiences.
    Public Participation: This meeting is open to the public, subject 
to space availability. Stakeholders from all sectors in U.S. offshore 
wind energy are encouraged to attend. Pre-registration is required as 
space is limited.
    Pre-Registration: To pre-register, please include/enter your 
registration information at the following URL online: http://goo.gl/forms/1zm7NP2wCt. If you have any questions about registration, please 
contact Ronee Penoi via email at [email protected] or by telephone 
at (202) 853-9005. Participants interested in attending should pre-
register no later than the close of business on December 7th, 2015. All 
attendees are required to pre-register. Space will be limited, and DOE 
and DOI will continue to accept RSVPs until they have reached maximum 
attendance based on space limitations.
    Privacy Notice: DOE and DOI are requesting your name, company/
organization, work email address and work telephone number in order to 
register you for this government-led event and to facilitate feedback, 
provide updates, and potentially to plan for future workshops. 
Providing this information is voluntary, but is

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necessary in order to attend the workshop. Please be advised that we 
may include your name and associated company/organization only in a 
meeting summary that we will make available to the general public after 
the workshop, and by providing this information you are consenting to 
allowing us to make it publicly available. DOI's contractor will 
collect and manage the information until the workshop is over. The 
contractors and the government will only use your information for the 
limited purposes stated above, will only share it with authorized 
personnel, and will not share it with third parties for promotional 
    Information on Services for Individuals with Disabilities: 
Individuals requiring special accommodations at the meeting, please 
contact Ronee Penoi no later than the close of business on December 
3th, 2015.
    Minutes: A summary report of the meeting will be available for 
printing at the DOE Wind Program Online Publication and Product Library 
at: wind.energy.gov/publications.html.

    Dated: November 25, 2015.
Jose Zayas,
Director, Wind and Water Power Technologies, Office of Energy 
Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. 2015-30452 Filed 11-30-15; 8:45 am]