Peter B. Lord Seminars: Renewable Energy
Innovations in Renewable Energy
March 15, 2013
Coastal Institute Hazard Seminar Room
University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography
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Welcome and Introductions
Sunshine Menezes, URI Metcalf Institute
Offshore Wind in New England: Where Are We Headed, and When Will We Get There?
As several New England states race to earn the title of first major offshore wind farm in American waters, a new regulatory process is evolving to accommodate the environmental, economic, and political issues of these novel, cross-boundary efforts to harness a regionally-plentiful form of renewable energy. Panelists will offer a variety of perspectives on the state of offshore wind energy development in the region, including institutional and economic challenges and opportunities.
Electricity from Tides, Waves, and Currents: Possible, Probable, or Pipe Dream?
Engineers and optimistic advocates of renewable energy have long sought the means to utilize the power of hydrokinetic energy (from tides, waves, currents, ocean temperature gradients, etc.) to provide a clean and consistent form of electricity. This session will offer an overview of the potential of wave energy and the findings of a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences regarding the differences between the theoretical and practical opportunities to utilize marine hydrokinetic energy on a national scale.
Powering the Future: Will Renewables Remake the Grid?
How does renewable energy fit into a regional transmission system that was constructed to accommodate plentiful fossil fuel-based sources? What are the technical and regulatory concerns of connecting renewable sources from the generator to the transmission and distribution systems?