The rule making process to amend the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan (TSP) for marine renewable energy development has been completed. The Land Conservation and Development Commission, adopted an amendment to the Territorial Sea Plan during its regularly scheduled meeting on January 24, 2013.
The Territorial Sea Plan Advisory committee (TSPAC) provided a recommendation on the proposed rule amendments to the commission. Further, the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will reviewed the proposed rule amendments and provided its own recommendation for adoption by the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC).
The rule incorporates by reference three additions to the TSP. The first is a map designating areas appropriate for marine renewable energy development in the territorial seas. The second will be the project review standards and criteria for energy development in the territorial seas. The thirds is a list of the enforceable policies with Part Five that will be applicable for a federal consistency review process. The regulatory standards would apply to the different types of marine resource and use areas that are delineated in the map. Finally, there may be some additional changes to Part Five of the TSP as it relates to the make-up and role of the Joint Agency Review Team in carrying out its responsibilities in conducting the regulatory review process; the expansion in scope and location of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NMREC) and Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC); and the incorporation of text changes requested by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to meet federal requirements. The adopted version of Part Five can be download from our website at: http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/OCMP/Pages/Ocean_TSP.aspx.
The meetings of the TSPAC and it's subcommittees are listed on the Public Meetings portion of the DLCD website. Please visit that page to download meeting agendas and reports related to the work of the advisory committee. To view the TSPAC's recommendations to the LCDC, visit the LCDC Meeting Reports page.