As the United States seeks ways to meet the ever-increasing power needs of its large coastal population areas, there's a growing focus on the plentiful renewable energy resources located just offshore. In their new book, energy experts Markian Melnyk and Robert Andersen outline the important new offshore options available to a nation on the threshold of a green revolution. The experience gained by early offshore oil and gas prospectors, as well as by more recent developers of European offshore wind, wave, and tidal energy projects, provide a wealth of knowledge that can be readily transferred to North American marine energy projects. Whether you're a developer, financial backer, or regulator, ""Offshore Power"" charts a course for long-term deployment of marine renewable energy facilities, and creates a compelling picture of a greener future.
Preface; Acknowledgments; Acronyms and abbreviations; Stepping off dry land: The case for offshore renewable energy; An unfamiliar environment: Offshore conditions and energy resources; Marvelous machines: Harvesting nature's offshore energy crop; Carving out a piece of the shelf: Project siting decisions; Acquiring rights to project sites: MMS and offshore renewables; FERC and hydrokinetics; Action and its impacts: Project review under the National Environmental Policy Act; Nature and machine coexisting offshore: Federal protections for natural and cultural resources; Still more permits: The roles of other federal and state agencies reviewing proposed offshore projects; Renewable energy goodwill: Managing the public consultation process; Connecting to the grid: Adapting to intermittent renewable energy supplies; Working the numbers: Financing and insuring offshore renewable energy projects; Cultivating disruptive change: The economic challenge of offshore renewable energy; Notes.