US wave energy state up for review at California conference

Illustration (Photo: US DoE)
Illustration (Photo: US DoE)

The upcoming California Ocean Renewable Energy Conference will provide a forum for sharing information about regulatory frameworks, resources, technologies, and environmental research relating to wave and wind energy technologies off California.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is sponsoring the conference whose aim is to inform and improve collaboration among stakeholders in wind and wave energy offshore California.

During the conference, scheduled for November 1-2, 2016, regulatory roles and processes relating to wind and wave energy will be tackled, as well as the identification of strategies for effective collaboration among regulatory agencies and stakeholders.

The conference will also provide the attendees with the information on wind and wave energy resources and technologies, while highlighting the scientific research about potential environmental interactions relating to ocean renewable energy activities.

Speakers at the conference include government representatives, as well as those from academia and private sector.

The event, to take place at the University of California in Davis, is aimed at federal, state, and local representatives, marine resource managers, scientists, and general public.

To remind, the US Department of Energy has allocated $40 million for the project that will design, permit, and construct an open-water, grid-connected, fully energetic national wave testing facility within US waters.

A year earlier, the Department granted $1.5 million to Cal Poly’s Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy to conduct a second stage feasibility assessment of establishing a national wave energy test center off California.

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