(Vol. 14, No. 3) 7th Marine Law Symposium “A Viable Marine Renewable Energy Industry: Solutions to Legal, Economic, and Policy Challenges” 

This two-day Symposium explored means to achieve a viable marine renewable energy industry for the United States, with a focus on offshore wind, hydrokinetics (wave, current and tidal), and ocean thermal energy conversion.  Its panels discussed a range of solutions for the nascent U.S. marine renewable energy sector’s current legal, economic and policy challenges.  These included:

  • Jurisdictional and permitting/licensing schemes.
  • Developing strategies for marine renewable energy regulation.
  • Financing and economic issues.
  • Renewable energy integration (engineering, market and policy).
  • Human dimension issues.
  • International perspectives on offshore energy projects.
  • Offshore energy research & development funding.

The symposium’s goal was to quantify means of supporting a marine renewable energy industry, while addressing local, tribal, state, federal and public needs related to the protection, conservation, and management of our marine resources, as well as co-existing with the many uses of the marine environment.

Symposium Participants & Topics:

Sheldon Whitehouse, United States Senator for the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Topic: Foreword

Megan Higgins, Research Counsel, Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program and Marine Affairs Institute at Roger Williams University School of Law. Topic: “Is Marine Renewable Energy a Viable Industry in the United States? Lessons Learned from the 8th Marine Law Symposium”

Jack K. Sterne, Thomas C. Jensen, Julie Keil, Richard Roos-Collins, David Wand. Topic: “The Seven Principles of Ocean Renewable Energy: A Shared Vision and Call for Action”

Peter J. Schaumberg, Renewable Energy Committee Chair, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., previously Deputy Associate Solicitor for the Division of Mineral Resources at the United States Department of the Interior;  Angela F. Colamaria, senior associate, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. Topic: “Siting Renewable Energy Projects on the Outer Continental Shelf: Spin, Baby, Spin!”

Ed Feo, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, LLP and Josh Ludmir, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, LLP. Topic: “Challenges in the Development and Financing of Offshore Wind Energy”