Reedsport OPT Wave Park Project

Pacific Ocean; Douglas County, Oregon

Project Profile

This is the first commercial scale wave energy project to receive a FERC license off the coast of Oregon. OPT is developing the 10-buoy wave park 2.5 miles offshore near Reedsport. The project is expected to be built in phases. The first phase is a single buoy which is not grid connected. The license is for phase II and allows for deployment grid connection and operation of 10 wave energy converters. Potential project impacts include displacement, loss of forage opportunities and changes in predation rates for marine fishes. Marine mammals are also likely to be affected by the project.

Listed Species

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

Reedsport OPT Wave Park, LLC

FERC Relicensing Status

FERC granted the 10-buoy project a 35-year license in August 2012. As of September 2012 the initial single PowerBuoy installation (not grid-connected) is scheduled to occur during summer 2013 and preliminary project monitoring for acoustics and electromagnetic fields were in process.

Resources

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FERC eLibrary: Docket #P-12713

NOAA Fisheries Biological Opinion