U.S. funds South Carolina wave, tidal program

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $493,000 grant to the state of South Carolina to help overcome barriers to development of wind, wave, and tidal energy projects.

South Carolina will use the grant to establish a South Carolina Coastal Clean Energy Regulatory Task Force, which is to create a regulatory environment leading to wind, wave, and tidal energy development in state waters. It also will use the grant to develop studies on transmission, resource validation, and regulatory barriers.

The grant was included in a group of nine awards to states totaling $4 million to create and implement a policy and regulatory framework that would enable gigawatt-scale clean energy capacity. Colorado, Georgia, and Hawaii were among the other recipients.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency David Rodgers announced the awards at a National Association of State Energy Officials meeting Sept. 8 in Overland Park, Kan. The projects are expected to stimulate innovative state policy activities and investments to help transform markets for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

DOE awarded Colorado a $397,000 grant to develop a report addressing key barriers and incentives for building transmission capacity for renewable energy. Georgia will use its $257,000 grant to build on ongoing activities to create infrastructure that will enable Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina to integrate clean energy supplies into their electricity portfolios. Hawaii plans to use a $500,000 grant to establish a policy framework for renewable energy for the grid infrastructure.

The awards were made under DOE’s State Energy Program, established in 1996 to provide grants to state governments to design and carry out their own renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.

Awards still to come for Advanced Water Power Projects

DOE plans to make awards soon in a separate program under its Water Power Research and Development activities.

The agency’s solicitation for Advanced Water Power Projects calls for partnerships with U.S. industry, rather than state governments, for testing, demonstration, validation, and development of advanced waterpower technologies. (HNN 7/9/08) DOE is offering about $7.5 million in initial funding and up to $18.5 million over five years if appropriations are made available.

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