Offshore renewable energy holds great promise. Recent studies estimate over 500 TW hours/year of wave energy are available along the U.S. West Coast alone with the potential for up to 900 GW of installed wind in the same waters. And although variable, offshore energy — from wind, waves, currents, and tides — is consistent and predictable enough to supply a significant portion of baseload demand. But important questions remain: how can these projects be sited to avoid impacts to sensitive marine life? Can the promise be delivered, and if so, when?
Please join us as our distinguished panelists help develop answers based on their real-world experience as regulators, developers, and stake-holders for PG&E's WaveConnect project and the first U.S. offshore wind project, Cape Wind.
Moderator: David Ismay, Farella Braun + Martel LLP
- William Toman, SAIC Maritime Solutions
- Laura Engeman, California Ocean Protection Council
- Leila Monroe, NRDC Oceans Program
- Berkeley Law Center for Law, Energy & the Environment
- Farella Braun + Martel LLP
- The Environmental Law Institute