October 21, 2013

Bill Introduced to Aid American Marine Hydrokinetic Industry

Legislation introduced to the U.S. Senate in early August could help remove regulatory obstacles and encourage research and development in the marine hydrokinetic energy sector. The bill, introduced by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is the Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Act of 2013, or S. 1419.

The bill includes measures for renewable energy produced by waves, currents, ocean tides and free-flowing water in lakes and rivers.

The bill reauthorizes the Department of Energy's National Marine Renewable Energy Research, Development and Demonstration Centers at the University of Washington, Oregon State University, Florida Atlantic University and the University of Hawaii. The legislation also designates the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as the lead agency to coordinate environmental reviews, while setting a goal of licensing pilot programs in one year or less.

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