Monday, March 6, 2017

Protecting sea turtles, marine life, and renewable energy research off the coast of Lake Worth.*

Per Gabriel Alsenas, the program manager with the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (SNMREC) at Florida Atlantic University and SNMREC’s chief engineer, Bill Baxley, protecting marine wildlife is a crucial part of any and all research going forward. The habits and behavior of sea life will be studied and technology developed to protect animals such as sea turtles.

Use this link to hear the radio program on WGCU from Feb. 21st titled, “Blue is the New Green: Marine Renewable Energy Hopes to Harness Florida’s Tides”.

Lake Worth Utility Director Jack Borsch is also interviewed. Here is an excerpt from the text of the article at WGCU by reporter Matthew F. Smith:

“Clean, renewable energy has been the goal for environmentally-minded energy users, aspiring engineers, and businesses and utilities alike. In Florida, solar power is often touted as the solution to the Sunshine State’s energy needs, but a group of researchers and engineers in South Florida think ‘blue energy’ derived from ocean currents like the Gulf Stream has just as big a part to play in renewably powering Florida’s future.
     Big enough, they contend, that they’ve inked a deal with a Southeast Florida utility to advance the project.

What “Southeast Florida utility” would that be? The Electric Utility owned by the City of Lake Worth!

*Are you familiar with the Lake Worth Beach? Do you know how long it is in comparison to other beaches in the State of Florida? Use this link to find out.