Facilitating Consenting and Deployment of Marine Energy Devices through Risk Retirement

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Webinar: Facilitating Consenting and Deployment of Marine Energy Devices through Risk Retirement

Wednesday 19th May, 12pm – 1pm AEST

Environmental effects from wave and tidal devices continue to slow and complicate consenting and impedes the development of the marine energy industry.

There is not an adequate track record of long-term operations upon which to base consenting decisions, causing regulators and stakeholders to have concerns. Ocean Energy Systems-Environmental seeks to understand and develop processes to simply consenting by applying existing data and research findings to these challenges, through a process known as Risk Retirement.

This webinar will present the uncertainties around potential effects of wave and tidal devices and describe the process for simplifying data collection and evidence bases that support risk retirement.

Dr Andrea Copping will be providing a 40min presentation followed by 20min Q&A.


Name: Dr Andrea Copping
Affiliation: Energy and Environment Directorate @Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of Washington (US)
Bio: Andrea Copping is a senior research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, one of the US Department of Energy’s national laboratories, and is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on environmental effects from wave and tidal energy and offshore wind installations. Using risk-based approaches, Dr. Copping leads a team that integrates laboratory, field, and modeling studies into a coherent body of evidence to support siting and consenting decisions. Andrea leads OES-Environmental – an international project on environmental effects of marine energy development around the world, under the IEA Ocean Energy Systems. Andrea also leads the research and development program for the use of marine energy devices to power blue economy applications.


Name: Dr Beth Fulton
Affiliation: Senior Principal Research Scientist/Research Program Leader @CSIRO, CMS/Blue Economy CRC
Bio: Dr Beth Fulton is a Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, where she has spent 20 years developing various system modelling tools for looking at marine ecosystems and sustainability. Beth is also an Adjunct Professor and Deputy Director at the Centre of Marine Socioecology, a collaboration between University of Tasmania, CSIRO and the Australian Antarctic Division, which focuses on finding transdisciplinary, equitable and sustainable solutions to the problems facing coasts and oceans. In 2019 Beth also became Research program Leader for Environment & Ecosystems at the Blue Economy CRC, one of Australia’s largest CRCs, which looks to deliver innovation around sustainable seafood and renewable energy production. The common theme to Beth’s work has been on developing system-scale decision support tools in support of sustainable management of potentially competing uses of marine environments and adaptation to global change.

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