Feds wave hello off Oregon
BOEM kicks off assessment of Pacific Marine Energy Center off Newport
The US federal government has kicked off the initial leasing process for the proposed Pacific Marine Energy Center wave power test site off Oregon.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management wil publish a "notice of potential research lease" and request for any competitive interest on 24 March.
It will also kick off a 30-day public comment period on the planned 10MW test facility, "its potential environmental consequences and the use of the area in which the proposed project would be located".
The center will serve as a test bed for utility scale wave energy devices and has been proposed by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Oregon State University.
It will feature four test berths and be grid connected to shore via a subsea cable.
"Today's announcement marks an important milestone in siting a national grid-connected research facility to support the testing of commercial-scale marine hydrokinetic devices," said BOEM director Tommy P Beaudreau.
PMEC will be located around four nautical miles off Newport, Oregon, in water depths ranging from 180-230 feet.
NNMREC is one of three national centers supported by the Department of Energy to facilitate the development of marine renewable energy technology with research, education and outreach.
Image: the Oregon test center is hoping to tap the power of the Pacific (SXC)