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Oregon wave energy stalls off the coast of Reedsport
OregonLive.com ^ | August 30, 2013 | Elizabeth Case

Posted on 09/02/2013 6:53:54 AM PDT by Twotone

Last September, with great fanfare, Ocean Power Technologies began construction on America's first wave-powered utility. Holding the first - and only - wave energy permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, OPT had planned to deploy a test buoy off the coast of Reedsport by spring.

But a year after the permit, regulatory and technical difficulties have all but halted the project. Federal regulators notified the company earlier this year it had violated the license after failing to file a variety of plans and assessments.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: energy; greenscam; technology; wave; waveenergy
Another green power boondoggle wasting our tax dollars.
1 posted on 09/02/2013 6:53:54 AM PDT by Twotone
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To: Twotone

Gov’t hangers-on have adopted “The Producers” mindset - there’s as much - if not more - money to be made from a flop.


2 posted on 09/02/2013 6:58:55 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Twotone
The project eventually aims to power 375 homes with 10 wave-harnessing buoys with tentative plans for a much larger installment

They spent about $75,000,000 so far, from what little I saw in the article.

That is about $200,000 per house for ecectricity. Typical Green Energy savings. Once they actually start producing electricity.

3 posted on 09/02/2013 7:03:38 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Twotone
The enviros have no intention ever to allow wave power to be deployed. Their goal is to burn the well meaning developers time and money, and then leave him stranded.
4 posted on 09/02/2013 7:05:12 AM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: Twotone

I want to put an electric motor in my truck...
and then mount a wind turbine in the bed...
so I can generate electricity to run the motor...
while I am going down the road.

Where do I apply for me one of them federal grants,
so that I can properly “study” this idea?

I figure all I need is a couple million bucks.


5 posted on 09/02/2013 7:10:21 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

I can assist with obtaining the grant.

Please send me a $100 retainer and a detailed drawing of the machinery.


6 posted on 09/02/2013 7:12:40 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Twotone

The gambit is but another example of theft.

There was never an intent to produce anything. The intent was to steal money from the treasury.

The Democrat Party is a Criminal Enterprise.

The thieves must be tried and executed.


7 posted on 09/02/2013 7:14:46 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Repeal The 17th

If you wrote a very serious-sounding proposal, the Energy Dept would probably fund it. Actually, take it to an Engineering prof at some left-wing university. I’m sure they would go for it & write it up. Of course, they would want to keep the grant money. :-)


8 posted on 09/02/2013 7:15:03 AM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: FatherofFive

It’s more a case of ‘if’ they actually start producing electricity rather than ‘once’ they do. Given the number of technological roadblocks they face, and especially the regulatory ones, this effort, I’d say, is a crap-shoot at best.


9 posted on 09/02/2013 7:23:45 AM PDT by Bob
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To: Twotone; bert

10 posted on 09/02/2013 7:25:45 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: FatherofFive

They could have built a coal powered plant for that and powered a million homes.

Pray for America to Wake Up


11 posted on 09/02/2013 7:33:54 AM PDT by bray (Coming soon: The Republic of Texas 2022)
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To: Twotone
More Green theft.

Why rob banks when you can get free government grants?

12 posted on 09/02/2013 7:35:20 AM PDT by Gritty (I enjoy living in the 3rd World. Soon Americans will be able to do so from the comfort of home-Fred)
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To: Twotone

No matter how much the Libtards profess their love for alternative energy sources, when it comes down to practical applications, they manage to stop their development by issuing regulations that end the project,

Reminds me of the great windpower brouhaha off the coast of Massachusetts where important and wealthy Libtard elites like the Kennedy clan and Uncle Walter Concrite didn’t want anything offshore that would spoil their views while sailing their yachts or cruising their powerboats. Not in their backyard.


13 posted on 09/02/2013 7:35:43 AM PDT by wildbill
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To: Repeal The 17th

Just remember to compensate the system when in reverse.
You’ll probably need a few more grants for the studies.
...and make sure its all peer reviewed.


14 posted on 09/02/2013 7:42:37 AM PDT by sasquatch
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To: Twotone

“Holding the first - and only - wave energy permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, OPT had planned to deploy a test buoy off the coast of Reedsport by spring.”

Any bets the principals in this venture are big Obummer supporters?


15 posted on 09/02/2013 7:42:55 AM PDT by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Your plan has absolutely no chance of working, none, therefore your grant is only for a million dollars. You should’ve applied for a hundred million, settled for half of that and applied the savings to the cost of the grant making it free. Understand?

Neither do I but this about grants not logic.


16 posted on 09/02/2013 8:04:19 AM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: Twotone

The premise of the company is waives can provide clean energy.
The premise of the government is all companies are seeking to destroy the Earth.


17 posted on 09/02/2013 8:15:07 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

Unfortunately, the gov’t is funding both sides of this - they’ve provided research grants for wave energy, & now they’re fighting implementing what the research has come up with.

This world is certainly surreal these days!


18 posted on 09/02/2013 8:19:45 AM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Twotone
The wave energy water turbines will do the same for fish as wind farms do to birds....

Producing a big mess of chum....sharks and otters and sea-lions included.

19 posted on 09/02/2013 8:54:17 AM PDT by spokeshave (While Zero plays silly card games like Spades - Putin plays for keeps.)
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To: spokeshave

"Mmmmmmmmmmm, Chum."

20 posted on 09/02/2013 8:55:39 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: spokeshave

The Ocean Power Technology buoys do not have a water turbine so sea life isn’t going to be churned through the mechanism. See their PDF handout or read the Wikipedia article. I don’t know what the problem is. This installation is not multi megawatt sized but around 45 kw, suitable for a small fishing village. Te advantage of ocean wave over wind is tat sea heights are predictable up to 72 hours in advance and are steady trains of waves of known height unlike wind gusts..


21 posted on 09/02/2013 9:11:20 AM PDT by Procyon (Decentralize, degovernmentalize, deregulate, demonopolize, decredentialize, disentitle.)
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To: FatherofFive

$75,000,000? Sounds like the kind of bargain that would quickly bankrupt anyone.


22 posted on 09/02/2013 2:41:40 PM PDT by OldNewYork (Biden '13. Impeach now.)
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