Even though Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) left their larger plan to put 100 buoys offshore of Reedsport Oregon the company still plans a smaller project in the same area with 10 smaller buoys, beginning the summer of 2015. Since 2007, Oregon has been positioning itself to be a leader in the development of Ocean Power. Although the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan and new Zoning Rules were providing a space for OPT to launch their project in October 2012 other circumstances put the project on hold.
Kevin Watkins, the Pacific Northwest representative for Ocean Power Technologies, said developing wave energy and implementing it on a large scale just became too expensive and too complicated.
“The technical challenges, the operational challenges, coordinating with all the stakeholders including the state and federal agencies … it’s just taking longer than OPT had predicted,” Watkins said.
To be continued…