Hydro, ocean power featured in Alternative Energy conference

Hydroelectric power and ocean energy are among issues to be discussed Oct. 18-19 at Alternative Energy: Regulations and Technical Developments, a conference organized by the Seminar Group.

To be held at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, the conference is designed for those planning to utilize alternative energy sources, and for those learning how alternative sources will be regulated and integrated into mainstream transmission grids.

Conference sessions are to examine the status of alternative energy legislation, effects of the response to global warming, and characteristics of various types of renewable energy. Sessions on hydropower and ocean power are featured.

Mason D. Morisset and Michael A. Swiger, of Washington law firm Van Ness Feldman, are to explain the Cushman decision, in which a federal appeals court declared the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has unilateral power to shut down a hydro project, either directly or by imposing costly conditions that could cause a licensee to reject a new license. (HNN 8/23/06)

Jim Titerle of McCarthy Tetrault and Todd True of Earthjustice are to discuss hydropower in relation to global warming, the Endangered Species Act, and other electricity production methods.

The ocean power session is to include discussion of FERC licensing (HNN 7/20/07); the AquaEnergy project at Neah Bay, Wash., (HNN 10/27/06); FERC preliminary permits for tidal projects (HNN 6/12/07); and new science in tidal energy.

For information or to register, contact the Seminar Group, P.O. Box 523, Vashon, WA 98070; (1) 206-463-4400; Fax: (1) 866-435-3444; E-mail: info@theseminargroup.net; Internet: www.theseminargroup.net.

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