Scholar urges change in renewable energy approach

Maria StefanovichPolicymakers would do well to change their approach to “selling” renewable energy by focusing on more than  just the potential environmental good.

So writes Maria Stefanovich, Oregon Sea Grant Malouf Scholar, in an editorial in a recent issue  of Sea Technology Magazine.

Stefanovich cites an Oregon  energy policy survey by researchers at OSU that found strongest support for wave energy development among conservative,  “human values”-centered males – a group not conventionally viewed  as friendly to  “green” projects.

Instead of focusing entirely on the environmental benefits of renewable energy, Stefanovich writes,  “policymakers may be more effective in getting the public to adopt renewable energy more quickly if they leverage the public’s economic bias and stress the socioeconomic benefits that wave energy could provide.”

A native of Bulgaria with degrees in Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations from the Affiliated Institution of the University of Sheffield in Greece, and   in Business Administration and Southeast European Studies the American University in Bulgaria, Stefanovich came to Oregon State University in 2007 to pursue a PhD in Environmental Science.

She is the 2009 recipient of Sea Grant’s Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship.

Read Stefanovich’s editorial in Sea Technology.

OSU wave energy project on Oregon Field Guide

Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Field Guide updates Oregon State University’s research into using the energy of ocean waves to generate electricity. The research, led by OSU electrical engineer Annette von Jouanne, got early support with a small “starter grant” from Oregon Sea Grant.

Since then, Sea Grant Extension agents on the coast have been helping communities learn about the potential benefits – and costs – of wave energy, and serving as liaisons between researchers, power companies and fishermen concerned with how large-scale energy production could affect their livelihoods.

Watch the Oregon Field Guide episode

Read about Sea Grant’s early involvement: [.pdf] [HTML]

Coastal forums focus on wave energy

Three community forums next week will give residents of the central Oregon coast an opportunity to learn about and discuss the prospect of wave energy development in their region.

Co-sponsored by the Lincoln County Commission, Oregon Sea Grant qand the new Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, the meetings will take place:

  • Monday, August 24  at 6 pm at the Yachats Commons, 441 Highway 101, Yachats.
  • Tuesday, August 25 at 6  pm in the Lincoln City Council Chambers, City Hall, 801 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City.
  • Wednesday, August 26 at 6 pm in the auditorium at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 Marine Science Drive, South Beach, Newport.

Read more and download the meeting agenda  …