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Feds grant $4M for coastal wave energy facility

Posted: Friday, Sep 28th, 2012

PORTLAND — In a move that will further establish Oregon as a leader in alternative energy development, the Department of Energy has awarded a $4 million grant to create a world-class, grid-connected ocean energy test facility off the Oregon coast.

The grant, which was announced last week by Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Congressman Kurt Schrader, was awarded to the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC), one of three DOE-sponsored ocean energy centers in the country. The center is a partnership between Oregon State University (OSU) and the University of Washington (UW). The grant requires $4 million in matching funds.

“This grant, which will help establish a new ocean energy test facility in the Pacific Northwest, ce-ments the role of Oregon State University and the State of Oregon in the forefront on wave energy research,” Wyden said. “Oregon is well on its way to having world-class, off-shore testing facilities sought after by wave energy development companies from around the world.”

“OSU is at the cutting edge in testing a new generation of clean energy,” Merkley said. “I’m thrilled that this grant will allow OSU to continue leading the way on wave energy.”

For the complete article see the 09-29-2012 issue.

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