Ocean energy could be produced in many ways, wave, wind, and tidal to name a few. What is similar for these methods of producing energy however, is that they are all new uses of the ocean competing for space within an already existing landscape of uses.

The goal of this section of the Oregon Ocean website is to provide background information and links to resources related to the development of marine renewable energy within the state of Oregon. This includes information and updates related to the process happening within the Department of Land Conservation and Development by the Territorial Sea Plan Advisory Committee, who's role is to conduct a marine spatial planning process to site locations within Oregon's Territorial Sea for wave energy testing and development.

Oregon has been identified as an ideal location for wave energy conversion based primarily on its tremendous wave resource and coastline transmission capacity. This combination of factors, along with Oregon State University’s research facilities and the state’s long term commitment to renewable energy, positions Oregon to lead the U.S. in wave energy development.

The regulation of offshore renewable energy is a complex topic, which varies by location as well as type of energy conversion. To aid in the understanding and awareness about the laws and regulations governing energy development in the offshore environment, the National Sea Grant Law Center produced a "Regulatory Primer" that provides a broad overlook of the issues involved. The document was produced by Stephanie Showalter and Terra Bowling, and published in July 2009.


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Contact for Ocean Energy

DLCD is the lead on amending the Territorial Sea Plan. To reach DLCD contact:

Paul Klarin
635 Capitol St. NE, Suite 150
Salem, OR 97301-2540