Dec. 1, 2011 - When they named our planet Earth, they named it wrong. They should have named it Ocean. Oceans dominate our world, and the energy they contain -- in the form of moving water -- could provide up to 15,000 megawatts of renewable energy here in the United States by 2030, according to the report, "U.S. Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Roadmap," published Nov. 1, 2011, by the Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition.
"More than 70 percent of our planet is covered with oceans. Why compete with land resources, which have precious uses already?" asked Sean O'Neill, president of the organization that authored the report, the Washington, D. C.-based Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition.
At least 15 companies in the United States are designing and testing technologies to capture the power of the oceans. O’Neill thinks electricity generated from waves, tides, deep-water currents and offshore wind farms could power 15 million homes in the States by 2030.
Here are five new ocean power projects coming online or being tested in waters off the coasts of the United States that could help deliver renewable electricity.