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Offshore Power: Building Renewable Energy Projects in U.S. Waters

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by Markian M.W. Melnyk and Robert M. Andersen

As the United States seeks ways to meet the ever-increasing power needs of its large coastal population areas, thereŒëís a growing focus on the plentiful renewable energy resources located just offshore.

In their insightful 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 youŒëí'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
  • Index
  • About the authors

496 Pages/Hardcover/6x9/October 2009
ISBN10 1-59370-211-6

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