According to the Micronesian Newspaper Marinas Variety the Government of Palau has submitted a proposal to the US Trade and Development Agency to secure funding for an OTEC study. The budgeted amount for the study is said to be US$ 500,000. According to he article they would limit the implementation of the eventual OTEC plant to US companies, suggesting that either OCEES or Seasolar Power could get the work.
NELHA will hold a webcast about the Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority (NELHA) experiments in ocean thermal energy, aquaculture, and renewable energy development on the Island of Hawaii. Presenters include Ron Baird, who is the executive director of NELHA and Will Rolston who is the manager of the Hawaii Gateway Energy Center. Sign up beforehand at the above URL.
 Opps, one day too late. Sorry. Well, you can download the PDF presentation from the link above.
Lawrence Downes writes a short opinion piece in the New York Times about the be or not to be of renewable energy in the blessed islands of Hawaii. Lawrence says
It’s almost embarrassing how green things could be in blue Hawaii. There’s all that sunshine and those trade winds, plus a volcano that has been lazily erupting for the last 25 years. Many barrels of biofuel await tapping in vast acres of sugar cane.… Continue reading
The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that OTEC was well received by the Philippine President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, at the Philippine Energy Summit, which is being held in Manilla this week. The country supposedly suffers from some of the highest electricity prices in Asia.