As the emerging ocean energy industry progresses towards commercialization, the need for a regulatory process that sufficiently addresses key interests has become increasingly apparent. As part of the organization’s efforts to foster responsible development in this emerging industry, OWET is sponsoring a program to educate and engage with stakeholders about existing and proposed regulatory processes. In July 2008, OWET contracted Pacific Energy Ventures (PEV) to implement the project Guidelines for Wave Energy Development in Oregon. The purpose of this project is to provide analysis that 1) documents stakeholders’ needs and interests and 2) offers options to maximize the effectiveness of the regulatory framework. The project has four main focus areas: Project Planning, Regulatory Framework, Environmental Effects, Socioeconomic Effects.
The issues identified by stakeholders are grouped within the focus areas under which they fall (Project Planning, Regulatory Framework, Environmental Effects, and Socioeconomic Effects). Each listed issue is followed by an explanation of the specific limitations surrounding the issue. After the explanation section, the preferred practices and policy recommendations associated with the issue are listed.
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