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Why This Matters: Ocean current energy can tap into the flow of ocean currents through underwater turbines and extract energy that is then convertible into usable power. Tapping into ocean energy production opens to the door to vast amounts of untouched electric potential. In the United States, around 123.3 million people – roughly 39 percent of the country’s total population – live near the coast. The US Department of Energy has even estimated the technical energy potential for generation from ocean currents in the Gulf Stream is 45 terawatt hours per year. That is equivalent to two or three of Florida’s nuclear plants. The capabilities of clean energy are present and ready to be taken advantage of, all that is needed is the drive to seize such opportunities, making OceanBased Perpetual Energy and SNMREC one of the first to make this brave and much-needed leap. Impacts on marine life have been studied in Europe and experts believe most animals would be able to either ignore or get out of the way of the blades with ease because they move very slowly.
Putting It into Perspective: Currently, fossil fuels still form the backbone of the US economy, as they generate around 70 percent of the nation’s electrical power and come with a considerably lower capital cost. While previously viewed as being more costly, the transition towards renewables has led to a steady decline in prices over the last decade.
These prices don’t even take into account the environmental costs associated with energy production, which when quantified would heavily tip the scales in favor of ocean energies and away from fossil fuels, due to their lack of pollution.
While natural gas and oil prices fluctuate (as seen over the years), ocean energy costs remain stable as their power resources are free.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer The city of San Jose, CA will become the largest city in the United States to ban natural gas from all new construction. The San Jose City Council is expected to approve a proposal that forbids natural gas use in new commercial and high-rise residential buildings, expanding an earlier […]
Chicago-based Invenergy announced this week that it will construct at a site in northeastern Texas a $1.6 billion project that will provide 1,310-megawatts of solar energy by 2023. The project is likely to create approximately 600 jobs during the construction, as well as bring in more than $250 million in landowner payments and $200 million in […]
by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Since the beginning of the pandemic, most Americans have received a single check for $1,200. However, fossil fuel companies are not most Americans. The US government spent big — $15 billion dollars big — to help the companies responsible for the climate crisis. According to a new analysis by […]
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