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Friday, December 04, 2009


State of Oregon Jobs Created by Green Wave Project

A new green project that will use waves to make energy is helping to create and save State of Oregon jobs. Visit to learn more.

Ocean Power Technologies recently announced that it has selected Oregon Iron Works, Inc. to construct the company's commercial wave energy PowerBuoy system in North America, which will be located off the Oregon coast.

The two companies estimate that the initial construction project will help to create or sustain about 30 jobs during the next nine months.

"The partnership that we are developing with OPT and other Oregon companies fits perfectly with our goal of providing jobs for Oregon's green economy," Gov. Ted Kulongoski said. "It's exciting to see that Oregon has the chance to play a leading role in the development of this global industry and help achieve our national goals of energy security and reduction of our dependence on fossil fuels."

Construction of the first PowerBuoy system will be phase one of what is expected to be the 10-PowerBuoy Reedsport wave power station. The other nine PowerBuoys will be constructed during phase two of the project, which will generate about 1.5 megawatts of electricity once completed.

PNGC Power, a regional generation and transmission public electric power cooperative, is considering purchasing some of the electricity on behalf of their customers and has already partially provided funding for phase one of the project. The company estimates both phases of the project will create or sustain more than 150 jobs in fabrication, assembly, installation and maintenance.

"OPT has identified the Oregon Coast as one of the world’s top sources for future wave energy development, and Governor Kulongoski’s leadership has helped to enable the realization of its potential to create green jobs and prosperous coastal communities," Mark Draper, CEO of Ocean Power Technologies, said. "We are committed to responsible development of renewable energy resources, and look forward to playing our part in that positive future. "


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