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    PG&E granted funding for wave energy study
    By PG&E -
    Updated: 02/05/2009 08:03:32 AM PST

    The California Public Utilities Commission has approved funding for Pacific Gas and Electric Company to move forward with WaveConnect, a program to study and test ocean wave energy technology. PG&E was awarded $4.8 million to advance the development of wave power generation in California.

    The primary objective of WaveConnect is to accelerate the development of ocean wave power off the coast of Mendocino and Humboldt counties. Through these projects experts will identify the best wave power technology solutions, taking into account development costs and environmental effects.

    PG&E understands the importance of maintaining the beauty and diversity of Northern California's coastline, and will continue to work with interested parties to ensure any potential impacts are identified and mitigated. PG&E, working with environmental agencies and consultants, will undertake studies of the water resource and its various ecosystems.

    Successful WaveConnect projects will lead to greater diversification of PG&E's renewable portfolio by providing a new renewable energy resource. California enjoys vast untapped wave resources, but no commercial wave power generation projects have yet been built in the United States. If fully built out, each WaveConnect project site could provide up to 40 megawatts of clean renewable electricity. Locally, expenditures from this project could also provide economic development opportunities for Humboldt and Mendocino counties.

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