DEQ inviting comment on Reedsport wave energy project
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is recommending certification of Ocean Power Technologies' Reedsport wave energy park.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has proposed certification of the Ocean Power Technologies wave energy park off the coast of Reedsport, but is inviting public comment prior to finalizing its approval.
The DEQ determined that the project, operating under the name Reedsport OPT Wave Park LLC, will comply with Oregon water quality standards and other applicable environmental laws.
The DEQ will ask OPT to monitor for turbidity during the installation of the wave energy converters and the transmission cable. It will also require to conduct studies to make sure that aquatic resources and water quality are not affected by the energy-generating wave buoys.
The Reedsport wave energy project has faced some delays due to the still-developing buoy technology. Last month OPT announced Lockheed Martin would lend its expertise to the project.
Comments on the DEQ's draft certifications are due on Nov. 14. A public hearing will be held at Reedsport City Hall on Oct. 25.
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