Carolyn Elefant, legal counsel for the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition, urged lawmakers to establish a federal agency to develop and oversee policy for renewable energy technologies offshore.
Elefant’s testimony to the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coastguard stressed the value of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the role for hydrokinetic energy.
“Over the past five years, our industry has gained momentum with respect to technology advancements and an influx of federal and state funding,” Elefant said. “Stalling deployment of marine renewables at this critical juncture could devastate the industry and drive it overseas.”
The Obama administration has established an Ocean Policy Task Force charged with developing and recommending a policy that protects, maintains, and restores oceans, coastlines and the Great Lakes.
Elefant was one of several ocean energy advocates who submitted testimony to the Senate subcommittee, including NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco the Ocean Conservancy Vice President Dennis Takashi-Kelso.