Energy efficiency, the development and expansion of new “clean” energy sources, and transitioning to a new energy future are all aspects of energy policy in the United States and around the world that need to be addressed, given climate change and a depleting petroleum supply.
RESOLVE has been involved in convening dialogues around energy for over a decade with much of our work focusing on creating forums for interested stakeholders to address obstacles to moving new energy sources forward. Some of our achievements include:
- Managing a national-scale dialogue about siting and wildlife issues related to wind energy, and providing a forum for the newest science and research to be shared
- Facilitating a renewable energy conference focused on the future of the wind, solar, hydro, biofuel, and natural gas industries
- Convening and facilitating a meeting of industry, environmentalists, and federal and state agencies on hydraulic fracturing in the United States
Selected RESOLVE Projects:
RESOLVE has a major ongoing program and multiple projects on issues relating to hydraulic fracturing. More information is available here.
National Wind Coordinating Collaborative (NWCC)
In 1994, RESOLVE was contracted by the Department of Energy to form a neutral forum for a wide range of stakeholders to pursue the shared objective of developing environmentally, economically, and politically sustainable commercial markets for wind power in the United States. The NWCC is a unique partnership of experts and interested parties who worked together to identify issues that affect the use of wind power. By establishing dialogue on key and current topics and catalyzing activities that build consensus among its stakeholders, the NWCC has successfully addressed critical challenges in the areas of transmission, wildlife and habitat impacts, siting, power markets, and other aspects of wind development. More information about the NWCC is available at nationalwind.org.
Oregon LNG Interagency Group
Since June 2008, RESOLVE has managed and facilitated meetings of a science-focused group, consisting of State of Oregon and Federal agency personnel, Oregon LNG project staff, and consultants. The goal of the group is to develop an approach to wildlife, vegetation, and fish habitat classification, impact assessment, and compensatory mitigation planning for the proposed Oregon LNG (liquid natural gas) pipeline project.
California Energy Commission PIER-EA Research Roadmap
Beginning in November 2006, RESOLVE facilitated public workshops as part of the CEC PIER-EA process to develop a Research Roadmap. The objective of the Roadmap was to identify priority research areas that will inform and support statewide guidelines intended to reduce the impact of wind energy development on birds and bats. The workshops involved a broad range of stakeholders including federal, state, and local agencies, environmental organizations, and wind industry companies.
Jordon Cove Pacific Connector Task Force
In 2007 and 2008, RESOLVE facilitated meetings of a scientific task force, consisting of State of Oregon and Federal agency personnel, Jordan Cove Energy project staff, Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline project staff, and consultants. The goal of the task force is to develop an approach to wildlife, vegetation, and fish habitat classification, impact assessment, and compensatory mitigation planning for the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline.