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Public Engagement

CCPI is dedicated to engagement with the wider world: CCPI researchers are active participants at national and international conferences and serve as visiting lecturers at universities. As well, CCPI outreach extends beyond conference presentations into the more public realm. A few highlights since 2013 follow.

-Jeremy Firestone is currently participating in regulatory proceeding before the Delaware Public Service Commission on the proposed acquisition of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI) by Exelon. PHI is the parent company of local utility Delmarva Power, while Exelon, in addition to owning other utilities (e.g., BG&E and PECO), is also one of the largest electric generation companies in the United States, with over 35 GW of capacity installed.

-From September 2013 through July 2014, Jeremy Firestone served on the University of Delaware’s internal working group on the proposed data center and power plant, which would have been located on the University’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) campus. In July 2014, the working group produced a report and the University terminated the lease agreement with the project proponent.

- In June 2014, one of three scientific studies proposed by CCPI in response to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) request for input on 2015 Environmental Studies Development Plan was included in the Plan. Study proposals were crafted by three PhD graduate students: Alison Bates, Lauren Knapp and Lance Noel. If ultimately funded by BOEM, the study crafted by Lauren will examine how social perspectives evolve over time at the three United States Department of Energy (DOE) Demonstration projects and two other early offshore wind projects in the United States.

-In May of 2014, Jeremy Firestone made oral comments at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Board Meeting in Baltimore. This meeting was convened discuss the draft framework for Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning.

-In May 2014, Katya Samoteskul et al.’s study on the cost effectiveness study on re-routing commercial ship traffic to open areas for offshore wind power development was submitted to the US Coast Guard for consideration in their Port Access Route Study.

-Together with Alison Bates, Professor Firestone gave a presentation to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) during Council’s August 2013 meeting’s Public Listening Session. This session was designed to provide an update on offshore wind power development in the mid-Atlantic and information on research we are undertaking about the potential for compatibility and conflict between offshore wind power development and fishing.

-Professor Firestone gave a presentation to the Delaware 5th Annual Environmental Summit in Dover, DE in February 2013. This summit gathered Delaware’s environmentalists to discuss various topics, including the climate and energy future of Delaware, fracking and natural gas pipelines, and plastic bag bans.

-Cristina Archer organized a two day mini-symposium on February 27-28, 2013, titled “The Importance of Meteorology to Wind Energy: Research Needs for the Next 10 Years”. Over 40 participants from academia, national energy laboratories, the wind industry, and funding agencies gathered to identify research needs for wind development along the U.S. East Coast. Three main topics were explored: wind resource assessment, wind power forecasting and turbulent wake losses of wind farms. An overview of the latest research in these topics occurred on the first day of the symposium and was open to students and the general public. Experts gathered on the second day to identify research needs, and the resulting white paper is available in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. CCPI recognizes the organizational and financial support by University of Delaware’s Energy Institute (UDEI).

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