Ocean energy is a viable solution because:
It’s always available.
Unlike other renewable power sources, ocean energy has the potential to be available all the time. There is even more energy available in the waves on the Oregon Coast in the winter, when the region uses the most energy.
Wave patterns, height and strength can be accurately predicted days in advance.
In Oregon, ocean energy will be generated close to where most of the power is consumed. This increases reliability of the transmission grid and reduces inefficiencies of transferring power from the eastern parts of the state. The entire Oregon Coast is connected to Bonneville Power Administration transmission lines, so the power can be easily moved to where it is needed.
It reduces our reliance on fossil fuels.
Adding ocean energy into the resource mix will help the state reach greenhouse gas emission targets, including carbon reductions of 10 percent by 2020 and 75 percent by 2050.
It’s clean and renewable.
The ocean is the largest, most concentrated supply of renewable energy on Earth, and has the potential to provide 10 percent of the world’s energy. Ocean energy is clean, predictable and renewable. It has no greenhouse gas emissions, produces no pollution and requires no major drilling or mining.