Merkley: Waves Can Power Clean Energy Economy

Merkley: Waves Can Power Clean Energy Economy


Newport, OR – Wave energy can help lead Oregon and America into the clean energy economy.

That was one of the conclusions reached at a roundtable conversation organized by Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley.  Merkley assembled researchers, stakeholders and industry experts for a wave energy roundtable at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. They discussed how Oregon can help pioneer a clean energy economy.

"Wave energy has serious potential to become a huge clean energy source for the Oregon coast and help boost the local economy,” Merkley said.  “But it has to be developed in partnership with local communities, and in a manner that is in harmony with the fishing industry and other coastal eco-systems.”

Roundtable presenters included Dr. George Boehlert, Professor of Marine Fisheries and Director of Hatfield Marine Science Center, Bob Eder, Vice-Chair of Newport’s Fishermen Involved in Natural Energy Committee (FINE) and fishing representative for Oregon Wave Energy Trust and Paul Klarin, Marine Affairs Coordinator, Oregon Department of Land Conservation & Development.