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Deutch, Bonamici Introduce Marine & Hydrokinetic Energy Bill

June 12, 2019
Press Release


(Washington) On Tuesday, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) introduced the "Marine Energy Research and Development Act of 2019," legislation that would promote marine energy programs as a clean and cost-effective energy source.

The legislation can be accessed here.

Marine energy is generated from waves, tides, and currents in oceans and hydrokinetic water in rivers, lakes, and streams. To promote this alternative energy source, the legislation directs the federal government to accelerate the research, development, and ultimate introduction, of marine energy technology and the infrastructure needed to integrate it into our utility grids.

This legislation was developed with the input of Florida Atlantic University's Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center, an institution that "seeks to advance the science and technology of recovering energy from the oceans’ renewable resources, with special emphasis on those resources available to the southeastern US: initially focusing on ocean currents and offshore thermal resources." Additionally, the Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC) is leading pacific coast efforts on research and development, testing, and educational programs in marine energy. Oregon State University, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and other stakeholders, is developing a wave energy test facility, PacWave, off the Oregon Coast.

"As more Americans understand the impending threats of climate change, Congress must encourage the exploration and development of cleaner, alternative energy sources," said Congressman Deutch. "Marine and hydrokinetic energy must be part of our national strategy to limit our carbon emissions and offer the American people a renewable energy source. I'm proud of the incredible work by Florida Atlantic University's team to better understand the potential of harnessing the power generated by the waves, currents, and tides."

“The ocean covers more than 70 percent of the surface of our planet, and we can harness clean energy from waves, tides, and currents to power our homes, buildings, and communities,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “I’m grateful for the researchers at Oregon State University and the Pacific Marine Energy Center who are leading the nation’s research and development efforts in this area and working to establish a wave energy test facility off the Oregon Coast. Marine energy – an abundant and renewable resource - will help us respond to the growing climate crisis and transition to a clean energy economy.”