U.S. House, Senate entertain marine and hydrokinetic bills

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Two pieces of legislation introduced to Congress could help develop America’s marine and hydrokinetic sector.

The “Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Act of 2015” was introduced by Rep. Theodore Deutch, D-Fla., “to assist technology development to improve the components, processes, and systems used for power generation from marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy sources.”

The bill, officially House Resolution 2220, would not only spur continued advances in MHK technologies, but also “identify and study critical short- and long-term needs to create a sustainable marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy supply chain based in the United States.”

Additionally, H.R. 2220 seeks to “coordinate and avoid duplication of activities” across a number of federal agencies, while also coordinating public-private collaborations.

The legislation would amend Section 634(b) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 for purposes including:

  • The establishment of a center to “advance research, development, demonstration and commercial application” of MHK technologies;
  • Support for in-water testing and demonstration of MHK technologies; and
  • The collection and dissemination of information “on best practices in all areas relating to developing and managing marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy resources and energy systems.”

There has been no action scheduled on the H.R. 2220 since being referred to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology earlier this month.

The legislation is the companion legislation to Senate Bill 1058, which was introduced in April by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing on H.B. 1058 this past week.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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