Dan Gibson If the ocean is a-rocking

turn it into energy. Sorry, couldn’t resist. The American Gas Association is a membership of local natural gas utilities. But our members are also looking at other forms of energy to help meet the needs of their customers. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has been working on a project for a while to harness the energy produced by waves in the ocean and make that energy available to its customers. Well, it looks like it’s getting closer to reality. PG&E filed a federal application to build a 5-megawatt (MW) project about three miles off the coast of Humboldt County in Northern California.

They plan to select three to four wave energy converter device makers for the 5-year project, which PG&E considers a pilot effort to test different types of technologies, said Jana Morris, a PG&E spokeswoman. According to Jana, PG&E has $1.2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and $4.8 million in approved spending from the California Public Utilities Commission to take two projects through the regulatory processes.

Here are some other articles about the project:

Making a Splash: PG&E Dives Headlong Into Wave Power Project | Renewable Energy World

PG&E Dives Headlong Into Wave Power Project

Peak Energy: Tapping The Source: The Power Of The Oceans

California’s PG&E Takes the Plunge into Wave Power | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

PG&E to ride the waves with Finavera | Cleantech Group

Watch this video about “Wavebob” to see how some of the technology could work.

Let us know about the different energy projects in your area.

Dan Gibson

About Dan Gibson

Dan Gibson has lived on the web for more than 14 years. His travels have included the IEEE Computer Society, United Rentals, the National Association of Workforce Boards and the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals to name a few. The different perspectives he has gained from these various roles has enabled Dan to have a comprehensive view of the web, and the messages and conversations that happen there.
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