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AP&S Co-sponsors International Marine Law Symposium

Leading practioners, policymakers, researchers and scholars will come together on Oct. 23 and 24 at Roger Williams University to discuss the current state of affairs regarding the legal, economic and policy challenges and related technological constraints of marine renewable energy projects.  AP&S is pleased to be a co-sponsor of “A Viable Marine Renewable Energy Industry:  Solutions to Legal, Economic, and Policy Challenges.”  Dennis Esposito, Chair of the Environmental Law Group at AP&S and a faculty member at RWU School of Law, has been an integral member of the planning committee for this event.

The two-day symposium will explore means to achieve a viable marine renewable energy industry for the United States with a focus on offshore wind, hydrokinetics (wave, current and tidal), and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC).  The goal will be to quantify means of supporting a marine renewable energy industry, while addressing local, state, federal and public needs related to the protection, conservation, and management of our marine resources, as well as co-existing with the many uses of the environment.

Through the course of the two day event, panelists will discuss:

  • jurisdictional and permitting/licensing
  • developing strategies for marine renewable energy regulation
  • financing and economic issues
  • renewable energy integration (engineering, market and policy)
  • human dimension issues
  • international perspectives on offshore energy projects
  • offshore energy research and development funding

AP&S is also sponsoring the closing reception for the symposium on Friday, October 24th.  During the reception, Grover Fugate, Executive Director of the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council, will be honored with the R.I. Sea Grant Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented by Senator Jack Reed.

Contact Roger Williams University School of Law to register for the symposium at

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