The guidance documents are intended to be available for regulators and advisors as they carry out their decision-making and for developers as they prepare consenting and licensing applications. This country-specific document presents an overview of regulations relevant for marine renewable energy development in the United States. It is not intended to replace any regulatory requirements or prescribe action for a particular risk. This document is intended to be read in conjunction with the background document.
In the United States (U.S.), regulatory responsibility for marine renewable energy (MRE) projects will fall to an assortment of federal, state, and local agencies dependent on where an MRE project is located. Requirements in U.S. state waters vary by state; therefore, this document focuses on the relevant agencies and regulatory requirements for projects in federal waters.