DOE eyes one-stop-shop for offshore wind project

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is crafting an Executive Order (EO) that will establish a one-stop shop in order to strengthen and rationalize the regulatory framework for the immediate development of offshore wind in the country. 

The move comes after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. approved DOE’s proposal to explore offshore wind potential in ensuring energy security. 

“Because of the nascent nature of OSW, the President has approved the concept of an offshore wind one-stop shop (OWOSS) through the issuance of an EO,” Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla said in a statement. 

The EO looks to streamline processes and requirements of the 10 government agencies involved in the OWOSS rollout. 

The involved agencies include the Bureau of Fishery and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Philippine National Police (PNP), among others. 

“The proposed EO would spell out the regulatory framework in building a robust OSW industry and covers a long-term vision, infrastructure development, investments, and sound policies,” Lotilla added. 

Once the EO is approved, the timelines and processing of the offshore wind applications will be incorporated into the existing Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop (EVOSS) system. 

DOE data said there are 42 approved offshore wind contracts with an indicated capacity of 31,000 megawatts (MW). 

According to the DOE and World Bank’s Offshore Wind Roadmap for the Philippines, the country has around 178 gigawatts (GW) of potential offshore wind resources.