Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference 2009: Profile – Dr. John Huckerby

We’re in the final countdown towards the Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference 2009. In anticipation, we’re running a series of mini-profiles of our OREC members who will be moderating our conference panels to give you a sense of the quality and substance that we intend to deliver. Dr. John Huckerby Chairman of IEA, OES President […]

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Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference 2009: Profile – Robert W. Thresher, PhD, PE

We’re in the final countdown towards the Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference 2009.  In anticipation, we’re running a series of mini-profiles of our OREC members who will be moderating our conference panels to give you a sense of the quality and substance that we intend to deliver. Robert W. Thresher, PhD, PE What changes have […]

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Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference 2009: Profile – Elizabeth R. Butler

We’re in the final countdown towards the Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference 2009 .  In anticipation, we’re running a series of mini-profiles of our OREC members who will be moderating our conference panels to give you a sense of the quality and substance that we intend to deliver. Elizabeth R. Butler Partner Pierce Atwood LLP […]

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OREC Position Cited in New York Times Coverage of FERC MMS Dispute

The New York Times twice turned to OREC this week for commentary on the MMS/FERC jurisdictional dispute.  In this piece, Surf Battle Generates Fear of Ocean Squatting , Carolyn Elefant, counsel to OREC was quoted as saying: Preliminary permits are easy to get, and that can lead to “a lot of gamesmanship” in areas known […]

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Breaking News: FERC and MMS Announce Agreement on Offshore Renewable Energy Development

On March 17, 2009, FERC and MMS announced an agreement to resolve the jurisdictional disputes which have stymied offshore renewables development.  We’ve included the Press Release at the end of this post.  Over the years, OREC and its members’ consistently supported a negotiated resolution of the MMS/FERC dispute and we are gratified that the agencies […]

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OREC Requests Additional Funding from DOE for Marine Renewables

On Tuesday, March 10th, members of the House of Representatives sent this letter to DOE Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu seeking $250 million in stimulus funding for marine renewables.  The letter was sent following requests from OREC asking for congressional support for additional marine renewables funding. We’ll keep you posted on our progress.

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OREC Releases Case for Funding

OREC recently released a Case for Funding.  To view it click here.

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Background on FERC-MMS Juridictional Dispute

In the next week, we may see Congressional hearings on how to resolve the FERC-MMS jurisdictional dispute on the Outer Continental Shelf.  The Congressional Research Service issued this paper on the topic in October 2008 (click here) and our counsel, Carolyn Elefant wrote an extensive post on the topic at her Renewables Offshore Weblog. Here’s […]

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