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  1. U.S. House stalling Energy Policy Modernization Act as Congressional adjournment approaches

    Efforts to enact the Energy Policy Modernization Act during the waning days of the current Congressional session seem to have been thwarted as the House of Representatives awaits the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. The bill -- introduced in July 2015 by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. -- could have had a significant impact on the conventional hydroelectric power and marine energy sectors through changes to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's licensing process and the extension of incentives given by the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005. Though the legislation passed the Senate with an overwhelming bipartisan majority in April, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., has indicated it will not see his chamber's floor before Congress adjourns this month. "The House may want to claim that this bill cannot move forward because we are running out of time," Murkowski said. "The reality is that the House is attempting to run us out of time, in order to prevent this bill from moving forward, even though it contains the priorities of dozens of its members." Murkowski , who has championed a number of hydro-related efforts while serving as chair on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, said the Senate has already made a number of concessions for the House, making the House's apparent refusal to hear the bill all the more frustrating to the Senate. "Despite some recent assertions that there are many items left to be sorted out, we have now resolved all but two issues for our conference report," Murkowski said. "Both of those issues can easily be resolved, in plenty of time before congressional adjournment, if the will exists in the House to work through them in good faith. "In fact, on both issues, the Senate has already written and proposed the modifications we know are necessary to reach final agreement, only to receive no substantive response." If not passed during this Congressional session, the bill would have to begin a fresh start through the legislative process next year. Whether or not Trump's White House would make such sweeping changes a priority -- or agree to them -- is debatable. "We should capitalize on these long and hard-fought agreements and should enact them before going home for the year and having to start over again in the next Congress," Cantwell said. "If we miss this opportunity now, we are not likely to have one next year." Meanwhile, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act remains in consideration, though its passage is also in doubt. The WIIN Act is the result of bicameral negotiations that combines aspects from similar versions of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 passed separately by both the House and Senate earlier this year. The current Congressional session is officially scheduled to extend through December 16. However reports indicate legislators could decide to end it as early as today.

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  2. Call for abstracts issued for Marine Energy Technology Symposium

    Abstracts are now being accepted for the 5 th annual Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS), which takes place May 1-3 at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016

  3. Canadian, Welsh marine energy organizations sign collaboration agreement

    Organizations from both sides of the Atlantic are showing their commitment to developing the marine energy sector through a collaborative agreement signed by Marine Renewables Canada and Marine Energy Wales this week.

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    Wed, 23 Nov 2016

  4. EMEC announces Canadian collaboration, shortlisted for energy technology award

    The European Marine Energy Centre recently announced it is kicking off a joint project with the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy in Canada, looking at the difference in corrosion and underwater behavior of marine coatings on either side of the Atlantic Ocean.

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    Mon, 21 Nov 2016

  1. DOE names AquaHarmonics winner of US$1.5 million in Wave Energy Prize competition

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    Thu, 17 Nov 2016

  2. HydroQuest, CMN group to install 1-MW tidal turbine at Paimpol-Brehat, France

    HydroQuest and Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie have launched a project to install a 1-MW tidal turbine at the Paimpol-Brehat site in France, beginning in the second half of 2017.

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    Tue, 22 Nov 2016

  3. Wales launches marine energy organization

    A new marine energy organization has been launched in Wales to attract investment and develop the sector in the country.

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    Wed, 9 Nov 2016

  4. Key stage for UK marine energy project

    All foundations have now been successfully installed for marine energy project in Scotland.

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    Thu, 27 Oct 2016

  5. Eight companies awarded tidal energy berths in Welsh demonstration zone

    Eight tidal power developers from around the world have been awarded berths at the Morlais Marine Energy Demonstration Zone near Anglesey, Wales, by project overseer Menter Mon.

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    Wed, 2 Nov 2016

  6. World Energy Resources report gives stats on hydropower, marine energy

    Global hydropower capacity increased by more than 30% between 2007 and 2015, accounting for a total of 1,209 GW in 2015, according to the World Energy Resources 2016 report.

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    Fri, 14 Oct 2016

  7. EC awards research grant to wave energy developer CorPower Ocean AB

    Swedish wave energy converter company CorPower Ocean AB has been awarded a US$4.4 million grant by the European Commission to help fund development of its WaveBoost technology.

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    Tue, 8 Nov 2016

  8. Oceantec Marmok-A-5 commissioned at BiMEP in Spain

    On Nov. 8, a team from UK-based University of Exeter and two companies based in Spain – Oceantec Energías Marinas and CDA Bilbao Co. – successfully completed the final part for commissioning the Oceantec Marmok-A-5 wave energy device at the Biscay Marine Energy Platform (BiMEP) in the Bay of ...

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    Wed, 9 Nov 2016

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