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Ocean wave technology gaining momentum

September 20, 2007

(Portland, Ore.)—Ocean wave technology could eventually power as much as 10 percent of the world’s electrical demand, but it is an alternative energy source that comes with little-understood legal, economic and environmental impacts. The day before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) convenes a public hearing on licensing pilot projects along Oregon’s coast, Lewis & Clark Law School will hold a free symposium featuring national legal experts on wave technology.

The Oct. 1 symposium will focus on existing ocean wave energy law and policy and how to make U.S. businesses more competitive in this market. The symposium is specifically designed for non-legal professionals who are interested in the subject such as reporters to explain the complex issues in clear, simple terms.

“We are thrilled that Lewis & Clark Law School can provide a forum to discuss this important new source of renewable power,” said Janet Neuman, professor of law and co-director of the law school’s Natural Resources Law Institute. “We hope this program will contribute to the understanding of ocean wave energy and to the development of a sensible legal and policy framework.”

FERC Commissioner Phil Moeller will kick off the symposium with a keynote address. Thomas Jensen ’83 of the Washington, D.C. Sonnenschein law firm will provide an overview of current federal and state regulations. Oregon congressional leaders will speak via videoconference. A panel of experts, including Governor Kulongoski, will discuss strategies to grow the industry, protect the environment and serve the state of Oregon.

The symposium will take place in Smith Hall, Lewis & Clark College at 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road. Co-sponsors of the event include Finavera Renewables, Tonkon Torp LLP, and Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal LLP. For conference registration information and a complete schedule of events, visit

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Vanessa Fawbush
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