PG&E to Study Wave Powerby Staff
International Water Power, March 8, 2007
Pacific Gas and Electric Co (PG&E) has launched an investigation into possible wave generation by filing preliminary permit applications with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
The plans call for projects off the coast of Mendocino and Humboldt Counties in California, which are believed to have ideal characteristics. Named WaveConnect, the projects will begin with resource, environmental, and ocean use studies and if developed would use wave energy conversion (WEC) devices.
The company says the move would be the first application in North America for a project that would allow multiple WEC device manufacturers to demonstrate on a common site.
If fully developed, the projects could each provide up to 40MW, PG&E adds.
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