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June 26, 2012

Oregon firm moves to deploy new ocean energy systems

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-06-26 11:13:34

The sea’s heaving, rolling waters are an often overlooked source of renewable energy, but companies are now harnessing the motion of the ocean to feed electricity into the grid. The potential is enormous, experts say. “The predictions are that oceans could generate at least 10 percent of the world’s energy usage,” said Belinda Batten, director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Oregon State University. Wave and tidal generators could supply power to areas that lack power lines and transformer substations, like isolated coastal villages, islands and offshore drilling platforms, she added.
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Officials: ND energy policy is model for country

By James Mac Pherson, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2012-06-26 11:13:55

North Dakota’s robust and diverse energy sector can provide a model for creating jobs and help reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, officials said Monday. Sen. John Hoeven and Gov. Jack Dalrymple were among the speakers at the Renewable Energy Action Summit in Bismarck. They, along with government and industry officials, said North Dakota’s energy policy has expanded traditional and renewable energy sources, advanced technology, provided certainty for developers, spurred investment and created jobs. [ read more … ]

A Tragicomic Take on Cape Wind

By ADESHINA EMMANUEl, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2012-06-26 11:14:11

When the energy entrepreneur Jim Gordon first proposed building the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound, he assumed the project would be a slam dunk. Liberal Massachusetts communities would surely embrace a clean energy initiative, he figured. More than 10 years later, the offshore project is still not up and running, although it has passed some regulatory hurdles and survived a few legal challenges from locals who oppose the project. The long controversy is now the focus of a documentary, “Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle,” which opened on Friday in Washington after showings in Boston and a sprinkling of film festivals. [ read more … ]

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