Oregon Wave Energy Trust works to position state as renewable leader
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Jason Busch is the executive director of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust.
There’s little question that Jason Busch will look back fondly on 2012.
The executive director of the Portland-based Oregon Wave Energy Trust counted four major accomplishments during the year. Each development brings Oregon one step closer to becoming the nation’s leader in an energy form — wave power — believed to be both renewable and efficient.
The trust also welcomed Oregon State University’s Northwest Marine Renewable Energy Center’s Ocean Sentinel. The first in-ocean test center became operational in August (see photos and learn more about its deployment here).
The wave group further received funding for the Pacific Marine Energy Center, which is the nation’s first in-water, grid-connected test site.
Finally, Busch’s group is leading the drive to ensure a “territorial sea plan” includes sites that actually benefit industry players as they test whether their technologies can work commercially.
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“This year was the culmination of six years worth of work,” said Busch. “There was a lucky confluence of a lot of good things happening in 2012. These are big things, meaningful things.”
The Oregon Wave Energy Trust has become a sustainable business champion by funding and supporting what it calls “the responsible development of ocean energy” within the state.
To that end, the trust will:
- Serve as a clearinghouse for ocean energy within Oregon.
- Educate the public on responsible ocean energy development modes.
- Attempt to create a “balanced” regulatory and business environment that enables wave-related advances.
- Develop a work force and supply chain that supports the industry.
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