New Wave Energy Project in Oregon

The Pacific Marine Energy Center, the nation’s first wave-energy test site, is working to tap into the United States’ offshore energy potential.
By Kale Roberts
June/July 2013
Add to My MSN

Surf’s up! The grid-connected wave energy project getting off the ground in Oregon is the first of its kind in the United States.
Photo By Fotolia/buia_gatta

Content Tools

Move over, wind and solar — another renewable energy source is about to make waves (or, rather, convert the energy of ocean waves to electricity). Oregon State University’s Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center has chosen Newport, Ore., as the future home of the nation’s first utility-scale wave-energy test site. Located about 5 miles offshore, the Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC) will include a variety of wave-energy devices, monitor the technologies’ environmental impacts, and deliver electricity back to the grid through undersea cables.

PMEC, which received its first round of funding in September 2012 from a $4 million Department of Energy grant, is set to make Oregon State University a global leader in wave power research as tech firms vie to test their products at the center. The Electric Power Research Institute estimates that the United States has enough offshore energy potential to supply nearly one-third of the country’s electricity needs via wave power. Check out the Oregon State University website for updates.

Post a comment below.


Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.