Finally, it should also be noted that the MOU requires the agencies to hold an offshore wind military/industry forum before October 1, 2012, to initiate the sharing of information regarding the advancement of offshore wind development.

While the AEITF RFP garnered attention this past week, it is worth noting that DOD and the Department of the Interior (Interior) issued a long-rumored Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to encourage "appropriate, mission-compatible" development of renewable energy projects on public lands withdrawn (set aside) for defense-related purposes, and other onshore and offshore areas near military installations.

This is very good news because it begins to address issues that DOD officials have worried about regarding (i) DOD’s ability to execute leases with renewable developers on land withdrawn from federal public lands laws for military purposes, and (ii) the possible sharing of benefits with Interior (specifically BLM).