Argument: Regulations can minimize environmental impact of tidal energy

Issue Report: Tidal energy


“Wave and Tidal Power: Energy from the Seas”. Environmental Defense Fund – Regulatory agencies, ocean technology developers and environmental groups are working together to address these concerns.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and other agencies are requiring environmental impact assessments before issuing test permits for marine energy technologies.

Companies are designing their equipment to minimize the dangers of pollution and ensure that marine life does not get caught, displaced or destroyed.

Environmental Defense Fund is bringing ocean energy industry leaders together with policymakers and other NGOs to develop performance standards for this nascent industry, and monitoring the development of marine energy in Oregon.

In Cuba, where EDF recently co-sponsored an international scientific conference on ocean energy, we are developing a scenario for systems in Caribbean countries to maximize social and economic benefits and minimize environmental impacts.