GreenWave Energy solutions with there federal permit to develop wave energy in waters off Mendocino has entered into a partnership with Ocean Power Technologies of New Jersey, a move which makes wave energy off the Village of Mendocino much more likely than ever.
In early February Ocean Power Technologies earned a federal license to develop wave energy off Reedsport Oregon which was a ground breaking move in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) process.
At one time Ocean Power Technologies had a wave energy preliminary permit off Cape Mendocino, but in 2009 gave up on that site as impractical. Ocean Power Technologies has eclipsed many of its hydrokinectic competitors, now plans to bring its experience to developing the concept off the waters of Mendocino, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permit states.
Recently Ocean Power Technologies deployed one of its PowerBuoys off Hawaii, where it is also developing wave energy.
Now back in May of 2009, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued GreenWave Energy Solutions a three year preliminary permit to study wave energy off Mendocino.
GreenWave Energy Solutions recently entered into a memo of understanding with Ocean Power Technologies, a move which makes wave energy off the Village of Mendocino much more likely than ever.
GreenWave Energy Solutions told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in its latest progress report that the firm has a target date of April 2012 for filing a license to actually develop electricity off Mendocino.
A preliminary permit gives exclusive study rights to an area to the applicant and also provides automatic preference to a license to actually produce power in the ocean.
GreenWave Energy Solutions and Ocean Power Technologies are planning joint meetings locally beginning in March. The two firms plan to file full details of wave energy project with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by March and to discuss those plans in public meetings with the local community. The proposed 100 megawatt Mendocino Wave Park is estimated to generate an average of 250 gigawatt-hours annually.
GreenWave Energy Solutions has generated substantial local opposition led by local fisherman. The environmental community in Mendocino has also opposed wave energy.
A group formed in Fort Bragg, Fisherman Interested in Safe Hydrokinetics (FISH) is the lead plaintiff on a lawsuit against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission challenging the issuance of the exclusive development rights to waters off Mendocino. The city of Fort Bragg, County of Mendocino, The Ocean Protection Council, The Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman and the Recreational Fishing Alliance are also part of the challenge.
GreenWave Energy Solutions has participated in numerous meetings with California state government officials regarding various aspects of the permitting process and the political dynamics of development of a wave farm, in this district. These meetings involved discussions regarding the future of wave energy in California, working to streamline the permitting process in California, questions related to legislation which would assist in wave energy development, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filing states.
The PowerBuoys are massive and is a mechanically sophisticated cylindrical structure that stands about 150 feet tall and 40 feet in diameter.