Meetings & Stakeholder Opportunities

There will be a number of opportunities for stakeholders to participate in the regulatory process for PMEC-SETS, including community forums, public meetings, and formal comment periods. Information about upcoming opportunities periods will be posted here, along with links to the relevant materials and agency websites. If you join our email list, you will also receive occasional emails informing you of upcoming events.

  • Current

    • No current opportunities.
  • Upcoming

    • Information about upcoming opportunities will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.
  • Past Events

    • NEPA Scoping: June 5, 2014 – August 4, 2014
      The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) scoping process for PMEC-SETS is now underway. The purpose of scoping is to identify interests and concerns related to the project and, through that process, define all pertinent issues to be analyzed in the Environmental Assessment (EA). NNMREC-OSU held two scoping meetings on July 9 to share information about and solicit input on the scope of environmental issues, and a July 10 site visit to Ona Beach.Further detail about scoping is found in this excerpt of Sections 2 and 6 of Scoping Document 1 (preview image below). The complete scoping document is available on our Documents page.Preview of Scoping Document
    • Community Open House – Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, OR
      • On May 22, 2014, NNMREC personnel were available to discuss the project from 5 to 7 pm, with a presentation and Q&A with NNMREC Director Belinda Batten.
    • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) – Comment period closed
      • On June 17, 2013, BOEM received an unsolicited request from NNMREC-OSU for an MHK OCS research lease offshore Oregon. The objective of NNMREC-OSU is to obtain a lease under 30 CFR 585.238 for renewable energy research activities, including MHK device installation and operational testing and the installation of monitoring equipment. The purpose of NNMREC-OSU’s proposed project, the “Pacific Marine Energy Center—South Energy Test Site,” is to design, develop and demonstrate a grid-connected MHK research facility on the OCS approximately five nautical miles (nmi) southwest of Newport, Oregon. The project would consist of four test sites (or berths), with each test berth capable of testing single or multiple MHK devices and equipped with its own subsea cable to transmit energy, as well as performance and environmental data, from the test berth to an onshore control center. Each of the test berth electrical cables would connect at a single submerged point, with a single transmission export cable capable of transmitting up to 10 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the mainland. The export cable would cross the OCS and state submerged lands. Additional information on NNMREC-OSU’s unsolicited lease request can be viewed here.BOEM Press release
    • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) – Comment period closed on May 15, 2014
      • On April 15, 2014 Oregon State University filed a Notice of Intent, Pre-Application Document, and Request to Use the Alternative Licensing Procedures (ALP) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its proposed Pacific Marine Energy Center – South Energy Test Site (PMEC-SETS) Project. The docket number that FERC has assigned for the PMEC-SETS Project is: P-14616-000.A copy of OSU’s filing is available here.