McGeorge School of Law

Salcido Talks Wave Energy at Golden Gate Event

November 21, 2011

Professor Rachael Salcido

Professor Rachael Salcido

Professor Rachael Salcido presented her latest scholarship on Nov. 11, 2011, at Golden Gate University's symposium, "Offshore Energy After the BP Spill: Wave, Wind and the Push to Drill."

Salcido expanded on her Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal article, "Siting Offshore Hydrokinetic Energy Projects: A Comparative Look at Wave Energy Regulation in the Pacific Northwest," 5 Golden Gate U. Envtl. J. 108 (2011), in a panel discussion about wave energy at the San Francisco forum.

The article examines the approaches that Oregon, California, and Washington have taken to address the need for additional renewable energy while also undertaking a shift to comprehensive ocean management. While each state has taken a slightly different approach to folding wave energy into its alternative energy and marine management agendas, the progress made is encouraging for the development of a robust ocean energy industry.

"The coastal states evaluated in the article exhibit enthusiasm for moving toward a model of sustainability, with renewable ocean energy a hopeful contender for stardom in the coming clean energy transformation," she writes in the article.

Salcido is the director of the Global Center for Business & Development's Sustainable Development Institute and the director of the J.D. Environmental Law Concentration at McGeorge.