Renewable Energy In Situ Power Cable Observation

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December 16, 2019 - 1:37pm
Type: Report
Year of publication: 2016
Date published: 04/2016
Authors: Milton Love, Mary Nishimoto, Scott Clark, Ann Bull
Publishing institution: The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Pacific OCS Region
City: Camarillo, CA
Document number: BOEM 2016-008
Pages: 86 pp.

Specific objectives of this study were to determine:

  1. The differences among fish and invertebrate communities associated with energized and unenergized cable habitat and those communities in soft sea oor habitats lacking cables.
  2. Whether electrosensitive species that are regionally important such as sharks and rays respond (via either attraction or repulsion) to the EMF’s of an in situ power transmission cable.
  3. The strength, spatial extent, and variability of EMF’s along both energized and unenergized cables.
  4. The potential effectiveness of the commonly proposed mitigation of cable burial.

Knowledge gained from this study will be directly applicable to renewable energy projects not only in the Pacific OCS region, but to any OCS planning area. 

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