America’ Bureau of Ocean Power Administration (BOEM) on Tuesday introduced Karen J. Baker will lead its Workplace of Renewable Power Packages (OREP).
BOEM, an company inside the Division of the Inside, manages U.S. offshore power sources.
As Chief of BOEM’s OREP, Baker will oversee the event of renewable power sources on the Outer Continental Shelf by way of planning, stakeholder engagement, environmental evaluation and technical evaluation.
“We’re very excited so as to add Ms. Baker to our crew at such a pivotal time in offshore wind improvement,” stated BOEM Director Amanda Lefton. “I do know she’s going to convey her demonstrated dedication to excellence and intensive management expertise to our renewable power program as we work towards attaining the Administration’s aim of 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030.”
Baker stated, “We shall be centered on attaining the Administration’s aim in a approach that protects the environment, fosters financial progress and respects the considerations of tribes and impacted communities.”
Over the previous 12 months, the Biden-Harris administration has launched the American offshore wind business by approving and celebrating the groundbreaking of the nation’s first two commercial-scale, offshore wind initiatives in federal waters. By 2025, BOEM plans to doubtlessly maintain as much as 5 further offshore lease gross sales and full the evaluation of at the least 16 plans to assemble and function business, offshore wind power amenities, which might symbolize greater than 22 gigawatts of unpolluted power for the nation.
Baker involves BOEM from the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers the place she served because the regional program’s director for the North Atlantic Division. With greater than 25 years mixed personal business and Division of Protection civilian expertise, Baker has served in a wide range of management positions in strategic planning, power and environmental coverage and public affairs.
Baker holds a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the College of Maryland, a Grasp of Science in Environmental Science and Coverage from John Hopkins College and a Grasp of Science in Nationwide Safety Technique from the Nationwide Conflict School.