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HydroVision International offers entire track on ocean/tidal/stream

The HydroVision International 2013 event features an entire seven-session panel presentation track covering the ocean/tidal/stream power market. As the largest hydroelectric event in the world, more than 2,600 professionals will attend July 23-26 in Denver, Colo.

This year's Ocean/Tidal/Stream track is designed to provide a wealth of educational content, including the mechanics, current development and challenges in the fields of wave, tidal and hydrokinetic energy. In the session that kicks off the three-day program, expert panelists and moderators will offer solutions and suggestions to advance the industry, while answering audience questions.

"There will be no question too simple, and this session will provide a perfect opportunity for people in the hydro industry to learn more about all aspects of wave and tidal," says Tim Mundon, senior engineer at Kleinschmidt Associates and co-track chair for the Ocean/Tidal Stream track.

The seven sessions are:

- All about Wave, Tidal and In-Stream Hydrokinetics;

- The Pathway to a Mature Marine Hydrokinetics Industry;

- Coastal Grid Connection: Challenges for Marine Projects?;

- Technology and Project Status: Tidal and In-Stream;

- Wave Energy Technology and Project Status;

- Opportunities and Constraints for Small and Rural Applications; and

- All Things Environmental: Review, Compliance and Resources.

Each session combines solid content with perspective from industry experts such as Jason Busch, executive director of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust, and Robert Thresher, research fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

In addition to a rich program of content, the HydroVision International event features an exhibit hall with more than 320 companies doing work in the hydroelectric market.

For more information or to register, visit www.hydroevent.com.

DOE database to aid marine energy developers

The U.S. Department of Energy launched a database in March that contains the "results of environmental monitoring and research efforts on wave, tidal, and current energy development worldwide." Developed in collaboration with the International Energy Agency's Ocean Energy Systems (OES) Initiative, the database has been named Tethys after the Greek Titaness of the ocean to "help industry regulators and energy project developers deploy sustainable ocean energy projects in an environmentally responsible manner," DOE said.

The Tethys database and an accompanying report, Environmental Effects of Marine Energy Development around the World, provide "real-world" data, which documents "interactions between wave, tidal and current devices, marine wildlife, and oceans' physical systems."

Tethys includes an interactive map of hydrokinetic monitoring and research projects from around the world, helping developers and regulatory agencies in siting and permitting future projects.

The report was compiled by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The database can be accessed at www.mhk.pnnl.gov/wiki/index.php/Tethys_Home.

FERC, Coast Guard to cooperate in licensing hydrokinetic projects

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and U.S. Coast Guard signed a memorandum of understanding on March 12 to cooperate in the development and licensing of hydrokinetic energy projects, including ocean energy and stream power projects.

The FERC-Coast Guard memorandum will advance interagency cooperation in protecting navigation safety, maritime security, and environmental resources when considering license proposals for hydrokinetic energy projects.

FERC reviews the siting of, and issues licenses for, the construction and operation of non-federal hydropower projects including hydrokinetic projects. The Coast Guard regulates, and is an expert on, matters related to safety of navigation, maritime security, and marine environmental stewardship in waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

The memorandum of understanding may be obtained from the FERC Internet site, www.ferc.gov, under http://www.ferc.gov/legal/maj-ord-reg/mou/mou-uscg-03-2013.pdf.


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