Ocean Beach, San Francisco. Photo: Matthew McDermott
Though slightly skimpy on details, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was quite enthusiastic about the City by the Bay taping into its wave power potential over at CleanTechnica. Though I don't think that when you compare it to the potential of solar power or wind power it is really as much of a "game changer" as Newsom states, 10-30 MW of wave power would nonetheless a big leap for the technology:Newsom said that under preliminary permit applications submitted to the Feds, initially the aforementioned 10-30 MW of wave power could be developed initially, with a potential 100 MW developed at some point.
In Newsom's words,
The proposal submitted by the City to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), grows out of a recent wave power study the City completed, with generous support from the Sidney Frank Foundation and others.
The study confirms that wave power is a promising resource off Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Our project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of generating electric power from waves about eight miles off the west coast of San Francisco. The next step in our project will be to select technologies and undertake environmental studies to ensure minimal impact on marine animals, fishing, shipping and recreational uses.
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