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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September 7, 2012
I'm a Master Naturalist and an outdoor enthusiast -- mostly kayaking, and I live on a Peninsula in the Chesapeake Bay. I'm the author of The Nature Fan, Nature Fan Activists, Green Earth Almanac, and Amanda's Geographic. Formerly, I ran the nationally syndicated column "National Green Activism" for The Examiner, and I was a key factor in the success of many campaigns. Make sure you don't miss a post, and subscribe by email! Thanks for reading.