Ocean Energy

The increasing regional energy demand continues to raise interest in renewable and non- renewable ocean energy sources. Wind and in-stream tidal currents are potential sources of energy and have the potential of meeting state renewable energy goals such as providing 15% of Rhode Island’s 100 MW demand by 2015.

NERACOOS partners are deploying buoys to help the offshore wind energy developers determine conditions at target sites. Spatial information is being used to help efforts in Marine Spatial Planning to identify possible areas for offshore energy development.