Annex IV Webinar – Environmental Effects of MRE Development: Regulator Survey Results and Next Steps
November 2, 2017 9:00 – 10:30 am PT; 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET (16:00 – 18:30 UTC)
This webinar, designed for and tailored to regulators involved in permitting marine renewable energy (MRE) developments (wave and tidal), will build upon the first regulator webinar (Environmental Effects of Permitting MRE Development) and will discuss the results of the Regulator Survey. We will also discuss data transferability and collection consistency in hopes of reducing costs for baseline environmental studies and post-installation monitoring, decreasing uncertainty, and facilitating common understanding to accelerate permitting processes. As part of the international Annex IV initiative, we seek to engage US federal and state regulators and their advisors and continue to work together to reduce risks and understand conflicts from environmental effects of MRE.
Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Andrea is the research lead for marine renewable energy (MRE) development, and for offshore wind development, for Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, on behalf of the US Department of Energy. Dr. Copping’s projects focus on environmental impacts from the development of wave, tidal, offshore wind, ocean current and riverine energy installations, and the role that these effects could play in technology development and project initiation across the nation. Using risk-based approaches, the MRE and offshore wind team lead by Dr. Copping integrates laboratory, field and modeling measurements into a coherent body of evidence to support siting and permitting decisions. Dr. Copping works across several scientific disciplines to determine implications of human stressors on marine resources and ecosystems processes, working with stakeholder groups and resource managers to ensure that the available scientific information is accessible and available.
The presentation for the webinar is avaliable here.
A video recording of the webinar has been posted below: