Ocean energy includes a variety of technologies that convert waves, tides, and currents into electrical power. Moving water is at least 700 times as dense as wind blowing at the same speed. There are currently only a handlful of ocean energy projects in U.S. waters. All are in the testing phase.
“Ocean energy should be a part of a blue-green future for American energy needs,” said Diane Regas, associate vice president of Environmental Defense Fund. “These technologies can help solve global warming, and we can build in protection for healthy oceans from the start. The key is to test these projects quickly at a small scale, and to use the resulting data with the public to make sure that the technologies meet strong environmental standards. ”
A delegation organized by Environmental Defense Fund met on Tuesday with transition team members from Department of Energy, Department of Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to present the groups’ recommendations.
The coalition was convened earlier this year by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to begin a dialogue on ocean energy among industry leaders and conservationists. Early participants included Florida Power and Light (FPL), Pacific Gas and Electric (PGE), and the Surfrider Foundation, and the coalition has continued to grow over the last nine months.
“This issue brings together key three priorities of the incoming administration: climate change, creating new green jobs and reasserting
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Supporters of the Action Framework for Ocean Energy
Bill Baarsma, Mayor,
Mark Begich, Mayor,
Marty Blum, Mayor,
Keith Bohr, Mayor,
Gavin Newsom, Mayor,
Tom Potter, Mayor,
Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
Central Lincoln People’s Utility District
Hawaiian Electric Company
Pacific Gas & Electric
Portland General Electric
Free Flow Power
Global Energy Horizons, Inc.
Independent Natural Resources, Inc.
Ocean Power Technologies
Ocean Renewable Power Company LLC
Oceana Energy Company
Pacific Energy Ventures LLC
Renewable Energy Holdings PLC
Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP
Environmental Defense Fund
Hydropower Reform Coalition
Natural Heritage Institute
National Hydropower Association
Natural Resources Defense Council
New England Marine Renewable
Northwest National Marine Renewable
Katharine Burnham, EDF (202) 415-5742; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Sterne, Rising Tides Strategies (907) 351-4294; email@example.com