>Senators Introduce Renewable Energy Research Act

>The OffshoreEngergyLawBlog.com reports that Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) introduced a bill this past week to establish a comprehensive ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, and atmospheric research, prediction, and environmental information program within NOAA to support renewable energy. The bill, titled the Renewable Energy Environmental Research Act of 2009, would require the Administrator of NOAA to develop a renewable energy research plan that would include a coordinated weather, water, and climate prediction component focused on renewable energy, such as offshore wind and tidal energy, to provide information and decision services to support the development of these energy sources. The proposed Act also focuses on avoidance, minimization, and mitigation strategies to address potential impacts of offshore renewable energy projects on the marine and coastal environment.