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Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Some "Light" Offshore Wind Energy Reading

OK, so I lied in the headline. These articles in the Boston College Environmental Affairs Journal, Vol. 31, No. 2 (2004) on issues like the Cape Wind permitting process, regulatory uncertainty and property rights on the Outer Continental Shelf aren't exactly light reading, weighed down as they are with hundreds of footnotes per article. But each piece provides a great overview, replete with statutory and case citations, on offshore wind issues such as uncertainties related to regulatory authority and property rights, where to strike the balance between going forward with permitting and awaiting congressional intervention and ways to manage the permit process and accomodate all stakeholders. Although the pieces are more descriptive than prescriptive in that they tell where we've been and don't necessarily advocate where we ought to go, they're important educational reading for policy makers and others interested in the offshore development debate.


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