February 13, 2024

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Elisabeth Shepard, Press Secretary to Governor Kotek
Elisabeth.Shepard@Oregon.GovAnca Matica, Press Secretary for Governor Tina Kotek

Governor Kotek Issues Statement in Response to BOEM Wind Energy Areas Announcement

Salem, OR — Governor Tina Kotek issued a statement in response to an announcement from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on their proposed final wind energy areas on the Oregon Coast for offshore wind:

“Offshore wind is likely to play an important role in meeting our state’s growing energy demand and goal of 100% renewable energy by 2040,” Governor Kotek said. “It also presents a significant economic development opportunity for the Oregon coast. As BOEM moves forward with establishing a federal offshore wind leasing process this year, Oregon is committed to developing a robust and transparent state roadmap to inform offshore wind opportunities. This state roadmap will also ensure that coastal communities and Tribal nations are consulted throughout the process, in close coordination with BOEM.


“We will continue to promote active engagement with Tribal nations, local communities, and other ocean users in the state. We will ensure that all decisions are transparent and based upon the best available science and knowledge.”

On February 14, 2024, BOEM will publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing its intent to prepare an environmental assessment of potential impacts from offshore wind leasing in the Wind Energy Areas (WEAs). The notice will initiate a 30-day public comment period. Another public comment period would occur if BOEM decides to move forward with a lease sale in either of the WEAs.


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