We’ve heard from several government related bodies in the recent past urging the adoption of both policies and goals to urge on renewable energy efforts. A recent report from The National Academies follows that notion as well, specifically in regards to offshore wind energy development.
The committee that wrote the report recommends that the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) get busy establishing “performance goals for structural integrity that project developers must meet.” The statement suggests that performance goals, as opposed to strict regulations, would best encourage innovation in the emerging offshore wind energy industry.
Once performance goals are in place, the report suggests that the industry could then rely on a combination of international standards and guidelines developed by “classification societies” (non-governmental organizations that develop standards for construction and operation of ships and other offshore structures) as well as designs that would be appropriate for U.S. waters and weather conditions, to develop projects that would reach the performance goals.
The National Academies is comprised of The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council-all of them private, nonprofit institutions that provide science, technology, and health policy advice under a Congressional charter.