By Lori Tobias
Five years after a moratorium on permits for wave energy facilities in Oregon's territorial sea, the state appears ready to approve a plan spelling out how and where they may be placed.
"This pretty much is the playbook for the marine renewable energy in Oregon's territorial sea for the immediate future," said Paul Klarin, marine affairs coordinator for the Department of Land Conservation and Development.
"Some people think it will be a starting gun for industry to jump on certain areas. It does signal Oregon has a plan in place. The door is open for renewable energy."
The 32-page document, part five of the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan, is to be voted on by the Land Conservation and Development Commission at its meeting Jan. 24 in in Salem. It is an amendment to the original draft of part five adopted in 2009.