Bureau ready to lease offshore Oregon site for wave energy project

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is ready to proceed with the leasing of a wave energy test site off the coast of Oregon to Oregon State University now that no other party has shown a competitive interest in the site.

“This notice provides BOEM’s determination that there is no competitive interest in the area requested by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Oregon State University (NNMREC-OSU) to acquire an Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) marine hydrokinetic (MHK) research lease as described in the Potential Marine Hydrokinetic (MHK) Research Lease on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore Oregon, Request for Competitive Interest (RFCI) that BOEM published on March 24, 2014,” said the bureau in a notice to be published in the June 20 Federal Register.

The RFCI described NNMREC-OSU’s request to obtain a lease for renewable energy research activities in the Pacific Ocean approximately five nautical miles offshore of Newport, Oregon, and provided an opportunity for the public to submit comments about the proposal. This is called the Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site.

In the RFCI, the bureau also solicited public input from interested stakeholders regarding the proposed lease area, the potential environmental consequences of MHK energy development in the area, and multiple uses of the area. In response to the RFCI, BOEM received public comment from six entities. BOEM will use the comments to inform subsequent decisions. After publication of this DNCI, BOEM may proceed with the noncompetitive leasing process for a research lease.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 5 put out for comment a recent notice of intent from Oregon State University to file and license application and pre-application document on a 20-MW wave energy project in the Pacific Ocean off Newport, Ore. This is called the Pacific Marine Energy Test Center South Energy Test Site.

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