Soliciting Feedback on a New Marine Energy Permitting Toolkit

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Water Power Technologies Office


January 12, 2021

Soliciting Feedback on a New Marine Energy Permitting Toolkit

Did you know DOE is sponsoring the development of a toolkit that will contain GIS, environmental, and regulatory information relevant to marine energy permitting and licensing? The MHK Environmental Toolkit for Permitting and Licensing aims to increase regulators’ and developers’ understanding of marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) projects and their potential environmental effects to reduce the time and costs required to permit and develop MHK projects.

Screenshot of the Marine energy Permitting Toolkit.

The project team, led by Kearns & West, will host a series of workshops and other engagement opportunities in February and March to demonstrate the toolkit, gather feedback, and share experts’ understanding of potential impacts and the state of known/unknown science for MHK projects. Members of the marine energy community are invited to join and offer feedback on the development of the toolkit. Please register to attend a general webinar, the Q&A session, and/or schedule a 15–30 minute timeslot to meet one-on-one during the project team’s office hours.

General Webinar 1: February 3,  9–11 a.m. PT / 12–2 p.m. ET

General Webinar 2: February 9, 9–11 a.m. PT / 12–2 p.m. ET

Public Q&A: March 15, 12–3 p.m. / 3–6 p.m. ET

Office Hours: March 22, 12–3 p.m. PT / 3–6 p.m. ET

Additional information about the toolkit is available online.

Recordings of previous workshops are also available on YouTube, including recorded presentations from subject matter experts on potential environmental effects of marine energy technologies:

  • January 13, 2020 in Danvers, MA with presentations from subject matter experts on fish and benthic interactions,
  • January 15, 2020 in Washington, DC with presentations on acoustics,
  • January 16, 2020 in Boca Raton, FL with presentations on marine mammal interaction and electromagnetic fields,
  • February 3, 2020 in Anchorage, AK with a presentation on fish interaction,
  • February 5, 2020 in Salem, OR with presentations on electromagnetic fields and marine mammals and noise,
  • February 6, 2020 in Sacramento, CA.

If you would like to learn more about the project or have questions about the upcoming workshops, please email Natalie Raymores.