Workshop Materials

Documents in this section are "essential" reading for workshop participants, providing background on on the state of knowledge and descriptions of breakout session structure. These should be read before considering any of the additional references.

Name Authors Summary
Workshop Briefing Paper Polagye, B., Copping, A., Kirkendall, K., Boehlert, G., Walker, S., Wainstein, M., Van Cleve, B. The workshop briefing paper provides background information on the goals of the workshop, tidal energy devices which have been deployed at-sea, three sites which have been propopsed for tidal energy development in the United States, and potential environmental effects of development. We are asking participants to review the workshop briefing paper prior to attending.
Breakout Session Questions Steering Committee Questions each breakout group will be asked to address, with prioritized sub-questions.
Breakout Session Matrices Steering Committee Draft stressor/receptor interaction matrices to be completed during breakout sessions. The first activity will be to populate the incomplete list of stressor and receptor elements.
Stressor and Receptor Elements Steering Committee Elements or subgroups related to each stressor and receptor category. The first activity during the breakout sessions will be to populate the incomplete list of stressor and receptor elements.

Additional References

Documents in this section are intended to provide additional background on hydrokinetic tidal energy and the potential ecological effects of its development. These provide a wide range of previous scientific thinking on potential environmental impacts of offshore energy production.

Name Authors Summary
Collision risks between marine renewable energy devices and mammals, fish and diving birds Wilson, B., Batty, R. S., Daunt, F., & Carter, C. Report to the Scottish Executive assessing the risk of collision between marine renewable energy devices and mammals, fish, and diving birds (2007). Reviews existing collision risks and how learnings from these may be extended to marine energy. Assesses probable risks and identifies gaps in knowledge that should be addressed by future research.
Report to Congress on the Potential Environmental Effects of Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Technologies Anon, US Department of Energy A review of possible environmental effects associated with marine energy development (wind, tidal, and ocean thermal) including risk analysis by receptor groups to technology stressors.
Ecological effects of wave energy development in the Pacific Northwest Boehlert, G., McMurray, G., and Tortorici, C. Proceedings of the workshop on wave energy development held at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, October 11-12, 2007. Includes output similar to that which will be generated from this workshop.


Changing Tides - Developing Best Practices for the Tidal Energy Industry
Sue Barr of OpenHydro, Inc.

Plenary Presentation Presenter
Session 1 Tidal Technologies, Status of the Industry, and Future Direction of Tidal Energy Production
Audio Recording (.mp3 23 MB)
Simon Geerlofs for Alejandro Moreno, US Department of Energy
Session 2 Environmental Effects of Tidal Energy: Experience from the Bay of Fundy
Audio Recording (.mp3 32 MB)
Graham Daborn, Acadia University
Session 3A Physical Habitat and Natural Resources: Maine
Audio Recording (.mp3 26 MB)
Jim McCleave, University of Maine
Session 3B Physical Habitat and Natural Resources: Puget Sound, Washington
Audio Recording (.mp3 19 MB)
Andrea Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Session 3C Physical Habitat and Natural Resources: Cook Inlet, AK
Audio Recording (.mp3 28 MB)
Sue Saupe, Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Committee


Summary of evaluations of aspects of the workshop by participants.

Technical Report

Low resolution pdf (6 MB)

High resolution pdf (31 MB)