NOAA Energy Related News and Announcements


NOAA partners with Univ of Washington to research and prepare for changes in the oil and gas industry (April 4, 2014)
NOAA and UW partners researched the trends that are changing the way in which petroleum is produced and transported in the United States.


NOAA Offshore Science Report Significantly Contributes to NY State’s Atlantic Ocean Study for Informing Offshore Energy Planning (July 10, 2013)
On 10 July 2013, New York’s Department of State released the New York Department of State Offshore Atlantic Ocean Study describing the physical, biological, wildlife, and geographic characteristics of the offshore Atlantic Ocean adjacent to New York. This study, with significant contribution from NOAA, lays the groundwork for selecting suitable sites for offshore wind energy development.
NOAA considers effects of Arctic oil and gas activities on marine mammals and native communities (March 2013)
NOAA announced today that it is seeking comments on a supplemental draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for oil and gas activities in the Arctic Ocean.
NOAA proposes plan to address environmental injuries from 2005 Gulf oil spill (March 2013)
NOAA released a draft damage assessment and restoration plan addressing environmental injuries from the 2005 Tank Barge DBL 152 oil spill in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico.
Space Weather: Did you know? (Mar 2013)
Did you know that outer space has weather too? Not rain or snow but winds and magnetic waves that move through space!
Oregon Plans for Offshore Marine Renewable Energy (Feb 2013)
Oregon has officially amended its Territorial Sea Plan, which includes identification of four "Renewable Energy Suitability Study Areas" along the coast where initial development of wave energy will be encouraged.


Weather data from nation's largest wind farms could improve U.S. models, forecasts (Nov 2012)
Two of the nation’s largest producers of wind-generated electric power will share privately-collected weather data with NOAA, providing agency scientists with additional observations from wind farms across the nation for research and operations.
Video – NOAA: what happens at the sun doesn't stay at the sun (Sep 2012)
When explosions from the sun's outer atmosphere threaten Earth, forecasters at NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center let vulnerable industries know what to expect.
New Data Sharing Template Agreement Available (Jun 2012)
NOAA has developed a template to facilitate the negotiation of data sharing agreements with the renewable energy industry. To receive a copy, contact or
NOAA science supports New York’s offshore energy planning (Mar 2012)
New study provides mapping, analysis for renewable energy planning, offshore habitat protection.
BSEE and NOAA to complete Arctic oil spill response mapping tool (Feb 2012)
Two agencies partnering to enhance the Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA®) for the Arctic region by summer 2012. More information on Arctic ERMA is available.


NOAA, the U.S. Department of Energy and private partners launch project to reduce the cost of energy, including wind energy (Jul 2011)
The goal of this research partnership between NOAA, DOE and two groups of private sector partners is to determine how many observations are enough to adequately sense the atmosphere to produce more accurate forecasts.
BOEMRE and NOAA to Increase Coordination, Collaboration on Offshore Energy Development and Environmental Stewardship (May 2011)
On May 23, 2011, NOAA and BOEMRE announced the signing of a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to increase their coordination and collaboration to ensure the environmentally sound offshore energy development.
Deadline for the DOC Energy and Environmental Award Nominations, and DOE/FEMP Energy and Water Awards Extended to March 15, 2011 (Feb 2011)
SECO encourages your nominations to highlight the good work being done!
NOAA Launches Website on Emerging Marine Renewable Energy (Feb 2011)
In response to resurging interest in renewable energy production, NOAA has launched a website containing legal and licensing information for industries interested in developing Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) capability in the United States.
DOE and Commerce Announce New Partnership (Jan 2011)
The two agencies to work together to develop and disseminate weather and climate information needed for renewable energy technologies that are dependent on short-term weather and longer-term climate trends.