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Feds give preliminary green light for offshore “energy farm” off Reedsport. Crab fishermen very wary of their crabbing grounds.


Courtesy photos: OPT Wave Energy testing off Scotland

In a first for the United States, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has given a tentative green light for a Scotland company to begin taking steps to create what may be a 30 acre wave energy farm off Reedsport. It’s proposed energy output would light up roughly 1,000 homes, that is, if the offshore energy park actually works. The FERC said their initial approval allows only testing in the area about three miles off Reedsport, testing to accurately determine whether OPT’s bobbing buoy design produces the power that the company claims it will.

While it seems that the world is talking more and more green energy, Oregon coastal fishermen, especially commercial fishermen, are questioning what price is too high to pay for green energy when it threatens the very existence of Oregon’s fishing industry.

The story is in the Coos Bay World. Click here.

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