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Applying risk science and stakeholder engagement to overcome environmental barriers to marine and hydrokinetic energy projects

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3 Author(s)
Copping, A.E. ; Pacific Northwest Nat. Lab., Richland, WA, USA ; Anderson, R.M. ; Van Cleve, F.B.

The production of electricity from the moving waters of the ocean has the potential to be a viable addition to the portfolio of renewable energy sources worldwide. The marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) industry faces many hurdles, including technology development, challenges of offshore deployments, and financing; however, the barrier most commonly identified by industry, regulators, and stakeholders is the uncertainty surrounding potential environmental effects of devices placed in the water and the permitting processes associated with real or potential impacts.

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20-23 Sept. 2010