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September 7, 2012

Wave Energy

People have imagined capturing the awesome power of ocean waves for centuries. Now, just offshore of Reedsport, OR the imagined power source is about to become a reality. Wave power developers now have the nation's only federal permit to develop a commercial wave power park off the Oregon coast. The project will include 10 buoys anchored 2 1/2 miles off the coast and covering about 30 acres. The buoys will be connected to the onshore grid by an undersea cable. They will produce 1.5 megawatts — enough to power about 1,000 homes. The first PowerBuoy, which received funding from the U.S. Energy Department, is expected to be installed this year.

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