Identification and Prioritization of Analysis Cases for Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Risk Screening

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In this report we describe the development of the Environmental Risk Evaluation System (ERES), a risk-informed analytical process for estimating the environmental risks associated with the construction and operation of marine and hydrokinetic energy generation projects. The development process consists of two main phases of analysis. In the first phase, preliminary risk analyses will take the form of screening studies in which key environmental impacts and the uncertainties that create risk are identified, leading to a better-focused characterization of the relevant environmental effects. Existence of critical data gaps will suggest areas in which specific modeling and/or data collection activities should ... continued below

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Anderson, Richard M.; Unwin, Stephen D. & Van Cleve, Frances B. June 16, 2010.

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In this report we describe the development of the Environmental Risk Evaluation System (ERES), a risk-informed analytical process for estimating the environmental risks associated with the construction and operation of marine and hydrokinetic energy generation projects. The development process consists of two main phases of analysis. In the first phase, preliminary risk analyses will take the form of screening studies in which key environmental impacts and the uncertainties that create risk are identified, leading to a better-focused characterization of the relevant environmental effects. Existence of critical data gaps will suggest areas in which specific modeling and/or data collection activities should take place. In the second phase, more detailed quantitative risk analyses will be conducted, with residual uncertainties providing the basis for recommending risk mitigation and monitoring activities. We also describe the process used for selecting three cases for fiscal year 2010 risk screening analysis using the ERES. A case is defined as a specific technology deployed in a particular location involving certain environmental receptors specific to that location. The three cases selected satisfy a number of desirable criteria: 1) they correspond to real projects whose deployment is likely to take place in the foreseeable future; 2) the technology developers are willing to share technology and project-related data; 3) the projects represent a diversity of technology-site-receptor characteristics; 4) the projects are of national interest, and 5) environmental effects data may be available for the projects.

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  • Report No.: PNNL-19535
  • Grant Number: AC05-76RL01830
  • DOI: 10.2172/1000145 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1000145
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc830515

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Anderson, Richard M.; Unwin, Stephen D. & Van Cleve, Frances B. Identification and Prioritization of Analysis Cases for Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Risk Screening, report, June 16, 2010; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc830515/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.