"We are very pleased that the Administration heard our call, and we want to thank them for their leadership on this issue. This is an important first step, and we look forward to working with the administration and Congress as the details are ironed out," said Amanda Leland, National Policy Director of EDF"s Oceans Program.
The rapid maturation of ocean power technologies depends upon deployment of demonstration and commercial projects in nearshore areas in the
EDF"s leadership and joint principles document was highlighted by Steve Kopf of Pacific Energy Ventures LLC in testimony at the hearing. Kopf, a project developer and a key participant in the EDF process, said that the "principles clearly demonstrate a consensus to develop ocean renewable energy, but in a way that respects the environment and proactively plans for the growth of the industry" and noted that "the power of the coalition is that it unites a diverse group of stakeholders into a common vision of how we can do this right." He asked the committee to "adopt these principles as the framework for whatever action it takes" in this area.