Coos Bay OPT Wave Park Project

Pacific Ocean; Coos County, Oregon

Project Profile

The proposed 200-buoy project is a commercial scale wave energy park in the nearshore ocean off Coos Bay, Oregon. The preliminary proposal for the project is similar to the Reedsport Wave Park, the first FERC-licensed wave energy project off the Oregon coast (link to Reedsport Wave Park FERC #P-12713).

Listed Species

The proposed project is still in the preliminary planning phase therefore no project-specific list of potentially affected species is available. The following species may occur in the vicinity of the proposed project:

Chinook Salmon Evolutionarily Significant Units (ESUs) (Lower Columbia River, Upper Willamette River, Upper Columbia River spring-run, Snake River spring/summer, Snake River fall, California Coastal, Sacramento River winter-run, Central Valley)

Coho ESUs (Lower Columbia River, Oregon Coast, Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast, Central California Coast)

Steelhead DPSs (Snake River, Upper Columbia River, Middle Columbia River, Lower Columbia River, Upper Willamette River, South-Central California Coast, Central California Coastal, Northern California, California Central Valley)

Snake River sockeye

Columbia River chum salmon

Southern DPS North American green sturgeon

Southern DPS Eulachon

Southern Resident Killer Whale

Steller Sea Lion

Sei, blue, fin, sperm, and humpback whales 

Leatherback, green, olive Ridley, and loggerhead sea turtles

Licensee

Oregon Wave Energy Partners I, LLC

FERC Relicensing Status

FERC issued a preliminary permit in April 2010. The licensee is continuing to develop the project as of September 2012.

Resources

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FERC eLibrary: Docket #P-12749

No NOAA Fisheries Biological Opinion