Secretary of State Building
Multipurpose Room
1500 11th St.
Sacramento, CA. 95814

The Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET) hosted the third offshore energy environmental regulatory workshop. Building on the outcome of the previous workshops, this workshop revisited the status of individual interactions of stressors from offshore renewable energy devices with marine animals, habitats, and ecosystem processes.

Two specific interactions were explored, including bird displacement and collision as well as whale encounters. We also explored the potential of applying data from other locations or from other industries to new developments, and also assess the opportunity to narrow down the issues and standardize environmental monitoring programs for marine renewable energy devices.

This workshop fit into an ongoing process for POET and the marine renewables community to advance understanding of marine energy and its associated environmental effects, and to reduce the uncertainty and risk of these projects, especially for the many testing and demonstration projects that need to happen over the next 10 years.

Presentations are now available and can be found below:

Introduction and General Workshop Overview

Blade-Strike and Birds Detection for Offshore Wind Turbines

Deep Dive: Avian Considerations and Offshore Wind Projects in the California Current

Deep Dive: Whale Entanglement

ThermalTracker: Avian Remote Sensing for Offshore Wind


Wednesday March, 14 2018

9:00 am - 9:30 am Convening and opening comments, Introductions: Jason Busch
9:30 am - 10:00 am Background of the Workshop, intent, and State of the Science: Andrea Copping and Sharon Kramer

10:00 am – 10:45 am Discuss dashboard approach and new/upcoming research to affect the dashboards: Andrea Copping and Sharon Kramer

10:45 am – 12:30 pm Deep Dive – Bird displacement and collision

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Will Be Provided – Presentation:

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Deep Dive – Whale encounter/entanglement

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm Facilitated Discussion:

Gauging the Risk – Feedback from participants on their perceptions of risk for specific environmental issues to help guide the national research agenda: Andrea Copping, Sharon Kramer

Retirement and Allocation of Risk – How do we use the knowledge gained to reduce risk from deployments, and how do we allocate remaining risk to facilitate the many small and temporary deployments focused on moving the technologies toward commercialization.

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Next Steps: Jason Busch