First Federal Lease Issued for Wave Energy Research Project

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a lease for the first wave energy research project in federal waters off the U.S. West Coast. This lease represents the first marine renewable energy research lease in Federal waters off the U.S. West Coast. The lease was offered to Oregon State University for the PacWave South project, a proposed open ocean wave energy test center, to be located approximately six nautical miles off Newport, Oregon. The project will consist of four test berths to support the testing of up to 20 wave energy converter devices.