H. Rept. 116-230 1 (2019-10-11)

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                   116TH CONGRESS                                      REPORT
                      1st Session   HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES          116-230





                            OFFSHORE WIND FOR TERRITORIES ACT


                    OCTOBER 11, 2019.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State
                                    of the Union and ordered to be printed


                        Mr. GRIJALVA, from the Committee on Natural Resources,
                                       submitted the following

                                          REPORT

                                          [To accompany H.R. 1014]

                            [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
                     The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred the
                   bill (H.R. 1014) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
                   to apply to territories of the United States, to establish offshore
                   wind lease sale requirements, to provide dedicated funding for coral
                   reef conservation, and for other purposes, having considered the
                   same, report favorably thereon without amendment and rec-
                   ommend that the bill do pass.
                                        PURPOSE OF THE BILL
                     The purpose of H.R. 1014 is to amend the Outer Continental
                   Shelf Lands Act to apply to territories of the United States, to es-
                   tablish offshore wind lease sale requirements, to provide dedicated
                   funding for coral reef conservation, and for other purposes.
                               BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION
                     America's offshore wind resources are a potential source of sus-
                   tainable, carbon-free energy and hold significant potential to power
                   coastal economies and create new jobs. While many states on both
                   the East and West Coast are working alongside the Department of
                   the Interior to jumpstart offshore wind development, current law
                   prohibits the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, American
                   Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and
                   the Virgin Islands from doing the same. The Outer Continental
                   Shelf Lands Act, which governs offshore wind leasing and develop-
                   ment in federal waters, does not apply to the territories, thereby
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