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:
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.