A wave energy test site off the coast of Newport?
Over the last two years, the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) at Oregon State University (OSU) has been collaborating with local fishermen, businesses, the City of Newport and Lincoln County on the development of an open ocean testing facility for wave energy devices — the Pacific Marine Energy Center: South Energy Test Site (PMEC SETS) — which will be located approximately six miles offshore to the south of Newport and connected to the electrical grid.
While construction is still a long way off, the regulatory process is now underway, and there will be various opportunities in the coming months for you to provide input about this exciting project. To share information about project plans and upcoming activities, NNMREC hosted a public open house on Thursday evening, May 22, 2014, at Newport’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. NNMREC Director Belinda Batten presented a comprehensive overview of the project and answered questions. For a good summary of this event, see this article in the Lincoln County Dispatch by Editor Larry Coonrod.
NOTICE OF DEPLOYMENT OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS – On November 8, 2014 NNMREC deployed a surface wave buoy, a subsurface wave and current instrument and three corner marker buoys approximately 8 miles offshore of the Newport Municipal Airport (135 SE 84th Street., South Beach, OR 97366). The equipment will remain at sea until late October, 2015 to gather wave and current data. Click here for more information.