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Marine energy fund evaluation panel appointed

Hon David Parker
Minister of Energy

15 February 2008 Media Statement

Marine energy fund evaluation panel appointed

An international panel of renewable energy and business experts has been appointed to evaluate applications for funding to develop marine energy in New Zealand.

The government will be making grants of up to $2 million a year for the next four years, through the Marine Energy Deployment Fund. Applications for the first funding round close at the end of February.

Energy Minister David Parker today announced the panel of five international experts:

- Henry Jeffrey, University of Edinburgh (UK) – joint author of the UK Roadmap for marine renewable energy and expert member of the peer review panel for Norwegian Energy marine energy research proposals.

- Burt Hamner, Puget Sound Tidal Power (USA) – Lead contractor for the largest tidal power feasibility study in the USA.

- PB Power, program management, engineering and construction management services (NZ/UK) – this international consultancy will be represented on the panel by New Zealand-based engineer Roumen Shipokov who will draw on their team of technical experts.

- Dr Ed Hudson, E-Dec Ltd (NZ) – Previous roles have included Director of Marlborough Electric Ltd, Deputy Chairman of the Commerce Commission and a Partner at KPMG.

- Gerry Te Kapa Coates, Wise Analysis Ltd (NZ) – Chair of the New Zealand Wind Energy Assn, board member of the NZ Centre for Advanced Engineering and Representative (board member) on Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

“These panelists have been selected for their knowledge and experience in marine energy generation, the New Zealand electricity sector, and evaluating emerging technology projects from a business perspective,” the Minister said.

“I am pleased with the calibre of the panel and I am confident they will make a balanced assessment of all the applications for funding.

“Marine energy is a logical step in the development of new sustainable and renewable energy sources over time,” David Parker said.

“This brings us closer to getting wave and tidal energy generating devices in the water, so we can get some practical experience of what works, and what the impact is, in the New Zealand marine environment.”

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Further detail of the evaluation panel members follows:
Henry Jeffrey, University of Edinburgh (UK)
Henry Jeffrey has extensive marine energy experience based on over nine years direct involvement in marine renewable energy development in both the private and public sectors. He was part of the project team that installed the world’s first commercial, grid connected wave energy device. He is an expert member of the peer review panel for Norwegian Energy research programme for research proposals in marine energy. He has an MBA, the theme of which was business forecasting for the marine energy sector. He will provide expertise in marine generation and evaluating emerging technology projects from a business perspective.
Burt Hamner, Puget Sound Tidal Power (USA)
Burt Hamner and his company is currently the lead contractor for the largest tidal power feasibility study in the USA in the Tacoma Narrows of Puget Sound. For this study he has evaluated over 30 tidal and river turbine technologies from around the world. He is also working on tidal and river in-stream turbine technology with the US Navy and the US Department of Energy. His work also includes consideration of marine mammals around marine generation technologies. He will provide expertise in marine energy generation and project evaluation.
PB Power (NZ/UK)
PB Power is an international consultancy employing over 10,000 people in more than 250 offices around the world, including New Zealand. Its UK offices have worked on several wave and tidal energy projects and its New Zealand offices have worked on a wide range of electricity generation projects here. PB Power have proposed Roumen Shipokov, a New Zealand based structural engineer, as their representative to serve on the panel supported by a team of their technical experts from New Zealand and the UK. He will provide expertise from an engineering and technical perspective.

Dr Ed Hudson, E-Dec Ltd (NZ)
Ed Hudson holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University. Previous roles have included Director of Marlborough Electric Ltd, Deputy Chairman of the Commerce Commission and a Partner at KPMG. He was also an investment advisor for the Projects to Reduce Emissions for the Ministry for the Environment. He will provide expertise from an economic and business perspective as well as having experience in the electricity sector in New Zealand.
Gerry Te Kapa Coates, Wise Analysis Ltd (NZ)
Gerry Te Kapa Coates is Chair of the New Zealand Wind Energy Association and a board member of the NZ Centre for Advanced Engineering. He is a past President of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand. He has knowledge of the marine energy sector and emerging technology sector, and the New Zealand electricity industry through many years as a consulting engineer. He has strong Treaty partnership awareness and familiarity with Maori stakeholder issues through his role as Representative (board member) on Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (the governing body of Ngai Tahu).


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