The Sonoma County Water Agency is taking a close look at the energy-producing potential of wave power off the Sonoma County coast.
The first step in the process of determining the potential for wave power energy off the Sonoma County coast is conducting a series of baseline studies of the possible locations for such facilities. That, explains Cordell Stillman, SCWA's Capital Projects Manager, is what these federal permits will enable.
The "sea snake" seen at left is one type of wave power generator already installed and operating off the northern coast of Portugal. Several others are also in development, including the "aquabouy" shown below.
Preliminary estimates suggest that wave power off the Sonoma coast could generate as much as 200 megawatts of electricity. Stillman says that represents a sizable portion of the county's current energy consumption.
The map below shows (in orange) the three offshore areas where the potential, and potential impacts, of wave power generation will be studied.
You can post comments regarding the study permits for each of the three locations shown above at the website of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.