MMS elevates alternative energy office

The US Minerals Management Service has created a new organization to reflect the significance the agency places on alternative energy.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, July 10 -- The US Minerals Management Service has created a new organization to reflect the significance the agency places on alternative energy.

The newly formed Office of Offshore Alternative Energy Programs (OAEP) "raises the alternative energy program's stature in the organization and enhances the program's ability to meet the new statutory mandates and respond to the unique needs of the regulated community," the agency said.

In a complementary move, MMS renamed its Offshore Minerals Management program as the Offshore Energy and Minerals Management (OEMM) program. The name change reflects MMS's expanded authority to regulate alternative energy on the Outer Continental Shelf in accordance with Energy Policy Act of 2005.

The new alternative energy office will now directly report to the associate director for OEMM.

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