First U.S. Wave Energy Set for Oregon Coast

The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center has chosen Newport, Ore., as the future site of the first utility-scale, grid-connected wave energy and tidal power test site in the United States.


| 01/15/2013



pacific marine energy center

The Pacific Marine Energy Center will host wave devices about 5 miles offshore, connecting to the utility grid via buried cables that carry electric current back to shore.


Infographic by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center

The following news release was provided Jan. 15, 2013, from Oregon State University'sNorthwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center.  

The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, or NNMREC, which is based at Oregon State University, has chosen Newport, Ore., as the future site of the first utility-scale, grid-connected wave energy test site in the United States – the Pacific Marine Energy Center.  

The Pacific Marine Energy Center, or PMEC, will test energy generation potential and the environmental impacts of wave energy devices, at an ocean site about five miles from shore. Subsea cables will transmit energy from the wave energy devices to the local power grid, and data to scientists and engineers at on-shore facilities.

The first installment of funding for PMEC was received in September, 2012, consisting of $4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, along with a non-federal cost match.

“PMEC represents a major step toward the development of energy from Oregon’s ocean waters,” said Jason Busch of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust. “I’m certain that Oregon will reap benefits from PMEC for many years to come, and the research and development performed at PMEC will help usher in this new form of reliable electricity from the sea.”

PMEC design and specific site characterization will begin soon, along with the permitting and regulatory process. NNMREC will continue to work with a variety of partners to develop additional funding sources. The exact ocean location for the PMEC site will be finalized in the next few months in a zone that has been selected in collaboration with ocean stakeholders – an area that will not impede shipping lanes and takes environmental impacts into consideration.





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