NOIA Applauds DOI Progress on Safety Oversight for Offshore Renewable Energy Facilities

For Immediate Release:  Thursday, October 17, 2019

Contact:  Nicolette Nye, (202) 465-8463, nnye@nullnoia.org

NOIA Applauds DOI Progress on Safety Oversight for Offshore Renewable Energy Facilities

Washington, D.C. –National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Vice President of Communications and Member Development Nicolette Nye issued the following statement welcoming DOI’s oversight of workplace safety for renewable energy facilities on the outer continental shelf:

“NOIA applauds the Department of the Interior (DOI) for clarifying it’s authority as the primary regulator and enforcement agency for worker safety and health on outer continental shelf renewable energy facilities. We encourage DOI to continue to move forward on developing safety regulations for the rapidly emerging U.S. offshore wind industry.  With 15 active offshore wind leases and several offshore wind projects in various stages of development, it is crucial that safety regulations be developed and finalized by the time construction begins. Safety remains the offshore energy industry’s top priority and we look forward to working with DOI to establish a world-class safety regime for U.S. offshore wind.

“With $70 billion in capital investments projected by 2030, 160,000 domestic jobs projected by 2050, and $473 million already generated to the U.S. Treasury from lease sales to date, offshore wind is a vital part of America’s all-of-the-above energy strategy and provides energy security and economic growth for our nation.”

ABOUT NOIA
NOIA is the only national trade association representing all segments of the offshore industry with an interest in the exploration and production of both traditional and renewable energy resources on the nation’s outer continental shelf.  NOIA’s mission is to secure reliable access and a fair regulatory and economic environment for the companies that develop the nation’s valuable offshore energy resources in an environmentally responsible manner. The NOIA membership comprises nearly 250 companies engaged in business activities ranging from producing to drilling, engineering to marine and air transport, offshore construction to equipment manufacture and supply, telecommunications to finance and insurance, and renewable energy.