Peter B. Lord Seminars: Renewable Energy Resources

Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting

Peter B. Lord Seminars on the Environment
Innovations in Renewable Energy
March 15, 2013
Coastal Institute Hazard Seminar Room
URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett, R.I.

Resource List

Renewable Energy & Efficiency, General

Gallup Poll, March 23, 2012. Americans Split on Energy vs. Environment Trade-off

Gifford, J.S., et al. May 2011. Renewable Energy Cost Modeling: A Toolkit for Establishing Cost-Based Incentives in the United States. Subcontract Report NREL/SR-6A20-51093

Howland, J., et al. October 2009. Energy  Efficiency: Engine of Economic Growth. Environment Northeast. 52 pp.

MIT Energy Initiative: great source for in-depth multidisciplinary studies on energy options, technology, research, and policy development.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, based in Golden, CO, U.S. Department of Energy, Content

NREL, 2013. National Renewable Electricity Futures Study: The most comprehensive analysis of high-penetration renewable electricity of the continental United States to date, including visualizations and data.

Pew Center on Global Climate Change (2010). The Case for Action: Creating a Clean Energy Future. Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

Ren21: global renewable energy policy multi-stakeholder network issues a Global Status Report on renewable energy.

Rhode Island Energy: Rhode Island’s state clearinghouse for energy data, resource mapping and siting tools, and information for citizens, businesses, and government officials.

Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

URI Energy Program

Marine Spatial Planning

Australian habitat mapping: Great introduction to why habitat mapping is important, common techniques, etc. Definitely read the “Why map” section (link provided below). Optional: explore the page further (LOTS of text, some sections get pretty technical).

Cogan et al., 2009. The role of marine habitat mapping in ecosystem-based management.

Crowder, L.B., et al. (2006). Resolving Mismatches in U.S. Ocean Governance. Science, 313: 617-618.;313/5787/617.pdf

Spaulding, M.L., Grilli, A.R., and C. Damon 2010. Application of Technology Development Index and Principal Component Analysis and Cluster Methods to Ocean Renewable Energy Facility Siting. J. Marine technology Soc., 44(1), 8-23.

Northeast Regional Ocean Council

Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan. This site houses an extensive collection of research reports created for the Ocean Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) from 2008-2012.

Shumchenia, E.J., et al. (2012). An Adaptive Framework for Selecting Environmental Monitoring Protocols to Support Ocean Renewable Energy Development, The Scientific World Journal, vol. 2012, Article ID 450685, 23 pages.

White, C., et al. (2012). Ecosystem service tradeoff analysis reveals the value of marine spatial planning for multiple ocean uses, PNAS, 109(12): 4696-4701.

Offshore Wind Energy

Atkinson, L, et al. (2009). Offshore winds: Information needs relevant to offshore wind power development in the U.S. An informal report. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Beaudry-Losique, J. et al. (2011). A National Offshore Wind Energy Strategy: Creating an Offshore Wind Energy Industry in the United States.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Offshore Renewable Energy Guide

BOEM RI Activities –

BOEM MA Activities –

Clarke, S., et al. (2009). U.S. offshore wind energy: A path forward. US Offshore Wind Collaborative.

Fox, A.D., et al. (2006). Information needs to support environmental impact assessment of the effects of European marine offshore wind farms on birds, Ibis, (148):129-144.

Grilli, A.R., Lado, T., and M. Spaulding 2013. A protocol to include ecosystem services in a wind farm cost model. J. Environmental Engineering, 139(2), 176–186.

Kempton, W., et al. (2010). Electric power from offshore wind via synoptic-scale interconnection. PNAS, 107(6): 7240-7245.

Paton, P., et al. (2010). Spatial distribution, abundance, and flight ecology of birds in nearshore and offshore waters of Rhode Island. Interim Technical Report for the Rhode Island Special Area Management Plan.

Rhode Island Offshore Wind Stakeholders Final Report- Energy RI

Showalter, S. and Bowling, T. (2009). Offshore renewable energy regulatory primer.  National Sea Grant Law Center.

Milligan, M, et al. (2009). Wind power myths debunked. IEEE Power and Energy Magazine. 89-99.

US Department of Energy, New England Offshore Wind Update

US Department of Energy, New England Wind Projects

US Offshore Wind Collaborative.

Weeks, Jennifer. Modernizing the Grid. CQ Researcher. Vol. 20, Num. 7, pg.145-168. Feb. 19, 2010.

Hydrokinetic Energy

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Hydrokinetic Energy Information Page:

Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Technology Assessment Committee, National Research Council (prepublication draft). 2013. An evaluation of the U.S. Department of Energy’s marine and hydrokinetic resource assessments. Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Technology Assessment Committee, National Research Council. The National Academies Press. Washington D.C.

Remaking the Grid

APEC Workshop on Renewable Energy Grid Integration Systems, Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation, 2009.

Electricity Advisory Committee. (2008). Smart Grid: Enabler of the New Energy Economy, Electricity Advisory Committee.

Environment Northeast. March 2012. Energy Efficiency & Electric System Planning – ISO-New England Update.

Interstate Renewable Energy Council – Connecting to the Grid
Information clearinghouse on interconnection and net-metering issues.

Murrow, D.K., et al. (2011). Escalating New England Transmission Costs and the Need for Policy Reforms. Environment Northeast. 55 pp.

Net Metering Policies. U.S. Department of Energy.

Offshore Wind Power. University of Delaware Center for Carbon-free Power Integration.

Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). (2011). Electricity Regulation in the U.S.: A Guide. RAP. 130 pp.

Wind Systems Integration. Eastern Wind Integration and Transmission Study. NREL.

Data Sources

US Energy Information Administration Independent Statistics and Analysis.
(A very wide variety of databases are available here, providing information on everything from electricity use by state and sector to state renewable energy profiles. Bookmark this!)

The Encyclopedia of Earth.
(A great resource for energy, with contributions from leading scientists. This is not peer-reviewed and therefore should be treated with care, but is a great first step for background on a wide variety of scientific topics since most of the entries were drafted by researchers.)

Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy.

Mapping US East Coast Wind Resources, University of Delaware: College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, 2006

NREL 2011 Renewable Energy Databook (Most recent version.)

Renewable Energy Research Laboratory, Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Wind Data.

Guest Speakers

Aileen Kenney, Deepwater Wind

Phil Warburg, Author

Fara Courtney, US Offshore Wind Collaborative

Someone from Army Corps of Engineers

Bob Grace, Sustainable Energy Advantage

Tim Roughan, National Grid

Michael Henry, Environment Northeast

David Hill, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Other Useful Contacts (a far from exhaustive list)

Alicia Barton, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Renewable energy regulation, policy, environmental law, renewable energy investment, generation

Bruce Carlisle, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Marine spatial planning, environmental policy, energy policy and regulation

Jerry Elmer, Conservation Law Foundation Rhode Island
Distributed generation, net-metering, energy regulation, policy, environmental advocacy

Grover Fugate, RI Coastal Resources Management Council
Marine spatial planning, Rhode Island Ocean SAMP, coastal zone management, regulation, policy

Marion Gold, RI Office of Energy Resources
Energy policy, renewable energy regulation, energy efficiency

Robert Grace, Sustainable Energy Advantage
Renewable energy markets, renewable electricity supply, energy-sector analysis

Jennifer McCann, RI Sea Grant and the URI Coastal Resources Center
Marine spatial planning, Rhode Island Ocean SAMP, offshore wind

Sanjeev Mukerjee, Northeastern University Center for Renewable Energy Technology
Renewable energy development, conversion, and storage

Christopher Sherman, Northeast Energy and Commerce Association (Board President)
Regional energy policy, energy project development, permitting

Eric Wilkinson, ISO-New England
Energy transmission, energy markets, regulation, generation, system operations