Environment, planning & grid
Permitting and environmental validation can bring significant delays to any renewable energy projects if not planned carefully by developers. The legislation is also sometimes not adapted to new technologies, with requirements that can be crippling for prototype or demonstration projects.
Recommendations from the Ocean Energy Forum
The Ocean Energy Strategic Roadmap makes a series of proposals on how to improve both knowledge and legislation to make sure new entrants, such as ocean energy, are not barred entry into the market and are not bearing the weight of legislation designed for much bigger, much more polluting industries.
From One-Stop-Shops to Environmental research, read more about these proposals in the Ocean Energy Roadmap.
Bringing the grid to the resource
The best ocean energy resource is sometimes far from main power lines, leaving the cost of connecting to the project developer. For projects at demonstration or pre-commercial stage, grid connection and cable infrastructure can represent up to 40 % of total project costs. This is prohibitive compared to the cost of devices themselves and to the revenues generated.
OEE advocates for a mutualisation of the cost of extending grid lines to areas where ocean energy projects will be deployed. Additionally to enabling the technology and projects, this will have a significant impact on grid coverage, stability, and predictability.