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Marine renewable energy (MRE) in Oregon

Testing of the WET-NZ wave energy device at Oregon State University’s North Energy Test Site off of Newport OR in 2012. Photo credit: Delia Kelly, ODFW. Published with permission from Northwest Energy Innovations

In 2008, the Governor issued an Executive Order directing state agencies to “protect coastal communities in siting wave energy projects”. In 2011, ODFW established the Ocean Energy Project to participate fully in Oregon state efforts to address the needs of this emerging industry and to work proactively to integrate new MRE development in a responsible way. ODFW does not advocate for or against development of MRE off of Oregon, and instead works to identify potential impacts on fish and wildlife potentially affected by such development and ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate such impacts.

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April 20, 2018: Oregon State University has submitted a Draft License Application and Preliminary Draft Environmental Assessment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). On July 20, 2018, ODFW filed comments and recommendations with FERC pertaining to the avoidance, minimization, or mitigation of impacts from the project on fish and wildlife species and habitat. Application materials, agency comments, and all other formal filings are available for download from FERC’s e-library at docket number P-14616.

March 7, 2018: The Oregon State Court of Appeals held the 2013 amendments to the Territorial Sea Plan Part Five invalid on procedural grounds. The full text of the opinion is available to view at the Court of Appeals website. The state of Oregon established Part Five of the Territorial Sea Plan because MRE development represented a potential impact on natural resources and human uses that are protected by statewide planning goal 19. The 2009 version of TSP Part Five remains in effect while MRE stakeholders address the procedural issues with the 2013 amendments.


Delia Kelly
Ocean Energy Coordinator
Marine Resources Program & Hydropower Program
2040 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport OR, 97365
541-867-0300 x292


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