A seagull's-eye view

The US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) has always offered great promise for renewable energy production, but the potential has remained virtually untapped due to legal and regulatory uncertainty.

This could be about to change. In a bid to spur on renewable energy development, Congress included a provision in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 placing jurisdictional authority over offshore renewables into the hands of the Minerals Management Service (MMS). Under this provision, the MMS obtained discreti