Yesterday DOI Secretary Ken Salazar announced MMS will conduct 12 public hearings in June to discuss the new regulatory program for renewable energy development on the OCS. The final rule was released in April and governs how MMS will grant leases, easements and rights-of-way for offshore renewable energy projects, and delineates how MMS will work with FERC and other agencies on these projects.

The first workshop will take place in Washington, DC on June 4 and will be followed by a series of workshops in 11 coastal states. Sec. Salazar explained the workshops are open to the public and are designed to "ensure that everyone with an interest in the future of offshore renewable energy has the opportunity to learn about this program, gather the information they need, and participate in their government." More information, including the dates and locations of the hearings, can be found on the DOI's website.