PG&E Seeks Licence for Wave Power Projectby Staff
International Water Power & Dam Construction, April 26, 2010
California's Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is seeking a federal licence for an experimental wave power project off the coast of northern California about three nautical miles off the coast near the town of Eureka. The project will cost $50m, mostly to build the infrastructure for power transmission, monitoring and other equipment.
The project is nominally sized at 5MW and will enable PG&E to test a number of wave power technologies. More than a dozen wave power companies have to date contacted PG&E to express interest in joining the project. PG&E expects to receive a licence from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by June 2011, according to the Reuters news agency.
The US state of California has set itself the target of getting 33% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
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