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    Conference to feature ocean energy prospects for New England

    News // September 19, 2008

    The Marine Renewable Energy Center is hosting its first Conference on Ocean Energy for  New England on Monday October 6th, 2008 at the Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center in Fall River, Mass. 8.30AM-5.00PM.

    The purpose of the conference is to highlight new government initiatives, technology options, partnering opportunities and research needs for the emerging ocean energy business in New England waters. 

    The event is a kick-off for a consortium made up research institutions, technology developers, federal and local agencies and other stakeholders to learn about all facets of harnessing energy from currents, tides, waves and wind energy economically and without conflict in the waters off the New England coast.

    The conference will be lead by a distinguished group of experts from industry, government and policy. 

    Congressman William Delahunt will provide a review of federal initiatives and Congressman James McGovern will address the importance of marine renewable energy sources for New England.

    Andrew Mill of UK Renewable Energy Council will provide and update on how the UK is progressing in this area.

    Pricilla Brooks, PhD Conservation Law Foundation will address how preservation can be balanced for economic sustainability.

    Robert LaBelle, of the Minerals Management Service, US Department of the Interior will discuss how the federal government is gearing up to support ocean energy test sites and production systems.

    Philip Giudice Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources will give an overview of the ocean energy prospects for Massachussets.

    Panelists from industry, government, technology development and public policy will discuss current activities and challenges of working within state and/or federal waters collaboratively.

    A final agenda, registration materials and more information about the MREC are available at www.mrec.umassd.edu.

     

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