Marine energy is defined as the energy harvested from the movement of water in the oceans or large rivers and from ocean gradients. As marine energy project deployments are increasing around the world, there is a need to monitor for potential effects on the marine environment.
This workshop discussed what is known about effects of tidal energy on the marine environment, marine animals, and the habitats that support them, as well as the human activities that rely on them. Based on studies in the U.S. and internationally, responsible development of low carbon sustainable and renewable energy from the ocean can be developed along our coasts without harming the environment and the uses that support the region.
This workshop was catered to any community members interested in marine renewable energy development. In addition to gaining insight into the current state of the science of marine energy environmental and social effects, attendees were able to ask questions and express their interest and concerns about marine energy projects. While no tidal projects are presently planned for New England and the surrounding area, these waters may be ideally suited for supplying secure locally-generated power.
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