Status of Ocean Energy in Oregon

Oregon is as an ideal location for wave energy, and many companies have expressed interest in developing this resource for renewable commercial power. The State is now entering the second phase of a process to amend its Territorial Sea Plan for renewable energy development through a spatial planning process that will locate areas where renewable energy development may be sited within Oregon's Territorial waters.

Governor Kitzhaber today (1.25.2013) thanked the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission for moving forward on a decision to adopt an amendment to Oregon's Territorial Sea Plan. LCDC members approved the amendment, which will allow for future siting of marine renewable energy development projects.

“Oregon has long been a leader in renewable energy development, and energy issues will have the single greatest impact on Oregon in the coming decade,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “This balanced proposal shows Oregon can thoughtfully support this emerging and promising industry while protecting our coastal communities’ quality of life, our commercial and recreational fisheries, and a coastline that all Oregonians treasure.” Click Here to view the full press release.

With the LCDC's decision, Oregon's Territorial Sea Plan now guides the siting of wave energy and other forms of marine renewable energy to areas that pose the least conflict with existing ocean uses and natural resources. The Territorial Sea Plan amendment adopted by LCDC identifies four "Renewable Energy Suitability Study Areas" where initial development of wave energy will be encouraged. When specific projects are proposed, developers will have to show that they will meet standards for protecting ecological resources, fishing and other existing uses, and coastal views. Marine renewable energy developers can also seek approval for projects in other areas off Oregon’s coast, but will have to meet more stringent standards.


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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