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MAY 2013

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ST Conference Preview EnergyOcean International 2013 T aking place June 10 to 12 in Providence/Warwick, Rhode Island, EnergyOcean International is an offshore renewable energy conference where industry experts will unite for a technical program that offers the latest in offshore ocean energy technological advances and updates on what is happening in the industry in general. Delegates and exhibitors cite one of the top reasons to attend EnergyOcean International as the multiple opportunities available to network with professionals representing all segments of the industry. Attendees include energy producers, utility companies, technology developers, component and system manufacturers, engineering frms, government offcials, policymakers, investment frms, scientists, researchers, and academic and educational organizations. General Sessions The opening general session is "Technology Roundtable: What's New for Ocean Energy." Technology is the driving force behind offshore renewable energy development. This opening session for EnergyOcean International 2013 will focus on what technologies have the magic mix of feasibility, innovation and good fnancial sense. The West Coast States Project Development session will look in depth at a series of West Coast projects. This session aims to identify trends in development, wins and losses for the region, and a snapshot of what is to come. Case studies that will be covered in this session include: "Ocean Energy: Progress Towards Development in Oregon," "Offshore Wave Energy in California," and "Wave Energy Test Site at Kaneohe Bay-Hawaii." The National and Regional Ocean Policy Development session focuses on policy as the connection of advocacy, constituency and funding. This session will cull together key perspectives on how to be a better advocate, updates on established advocacy groups and planning for the future. The East Coast States Project Development session will examine a series of East Coast projects. This session will identify trends in development, wins and losses for the region, and a snapshot of what is to come. Case studies that will be covered in this session include: "Maine Ocean En- ergy Permitting Road Maps," "Energy Potential from the Gulf Stream for North Carolina," "Nova Scotia's Marine Renewable Energy Strategy," "Launching the U.S. Offshore Wind Industry," and "Ocean Energy Procurement and Financing." After two days of talking about projects in development and new technologies enabling growth, the focus will shift to fnancing and procurement strategies that will increase implementation of offshore renewables. Environmental Effects of Ocean Energy Understanding the environmental impact of ocean energy projects centers on research and monitoring behavior. The Environmental Effects of Ocean Energy session will cull together research from numerous labs to present fndings in different regions, on varying species and with some promising results for future installations. Speakers One of the speakers at EnergyOcean will be Ann Scarborough Bull, who is the chief of Environmental Sciences at the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). She will talk about "Renewable Energy In Situ Power Cable Observation." There are few data points available from observations of existing submarine power-transmission cables to understand and predict the level of impacts of electromagnetic felds (EMF) on marine species. Power cables (AC, 35 kilovolts), both in-use and out-of-service, that energize oil platforms offshore southern California provide a unique opportunity to assess potential behavior and reaction of electromagnetic sensitive species while controlling for habitat contributed by the cable structure. BOEM is funding feld research, using scuba and a manned submersible, to investigate the strength, spatial extent and variability of EMF along both energized and unenergized cables, and to determine whether electrosensitive species respond to EMF from these power transmission cables. Bull will present results from the frst year of the study. Another speaker will be Suzanne MacDonald, the community energy director of Island Institute. She will talk about "Broadening the Benefts of Ocean Energy: Case Studies in Innovative Local Investment and Engagement." Thinking be- May 2013 / st 51

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