US Energy Department Announces $14.5 Million For Offshore Wind Environmental Research


January 15th, 2021 by  

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $14.5 million for environmental research to support U.S. offshore wind development. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support regionally-focused, coordinated research efforts to increase understanding of the environmental impacts of offshore wind, as well as projects that advance and validate tools to monitor and minimize impacts.

“This research will help address challenges to offshore wind development on both the east and west coasts of the United States,” said Daniel R Simmons, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  “These projects will develop the knowledge and tools we need to support environmentally sound development of this valuable energy resource.”

This FOA was released in conjunction with the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, and in coordination with partnering agencies, including the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. DOE is providing $13 million and BOEM intends to contribute up to $1.5 million for this effort.

This FOA will support work across three Topic Areas:

  1. Development of methodologies and evaluation of offshore wind impacts on wildlife in U.S. Atlantic waters;
  2. Development of methodologies and evaluation of offshore wind impacts on the ecology of commercially fished species; and
  3. Environmental baseline studies and environmental monitoring technology development and validation focused on U.S. waters off of the U.S. West Coast, in preparation for future floating offshore wind development.

DOE anticipates issuing a single award of up to $7.5 million for Topic Area 1, a single award of up to $3.5 million for Topic Area 2, and 3–4 awards ranging from $750,000 to $2 million for Topic Area 3. The additional cost share of 30% is required for Topic Areas 1 and 2 and 20% is required for Topic Area 3. Concept papers are due on March 1, 2021.

For more information please visit:

Article courtesy of the US Department of Energy. 


Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica member, supporter, or ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.

Sign up for our free daily newsletter or weekly newsletter to never miss a story.

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Selling Teslas in 2012 vs. 2021

Tags: , , , , , , ,

About the Author

The mission of the U.S. Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. Learn more.

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Tesla Autopilot gets stone cast in its direction by Pete Buttigieg
Oil rebounds after Brent prices slipped under $72 per barrel amid banking turmoil
Quick Charge Podcast: March 18, 2023
Oil plunge is bad for energy stocks but actually good for other areas of our portfolio
Russia and China are being driven together as the chasm with the West deepens

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *