Leadership in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are calling on the Department of Energy (DOE) to allocate US $250 million of the $2.5 billion in stimulus funding for renewable energy research and development to the emerging marine renewable energy industry. The funding would help develop wave, current and tidal energy technologies.

"It makes sense to generate power from local resources -- resources that have the potential for desalinating salt water into fresh water, as well as producing sustainable, clean electricity." -- Sean O'Neill, President, Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition