Wave energy race is on

An under-construction buoy could help push Oregon forward in the wave-energy race.

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A new wave-energy buoy is under construction at Oregon Iron Works, with plans to deploy it later this year.

The launch of the buoy — with possibly more to follow — is part of the effort to push Oregon forward as a leader in wave energy.

“Oregon has a lot to be proud of and a lot of people have shown a lot of leadership,” Onno Husing, executive director of Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association. “We are literally helping to figure this out for the nation.”

If that happens — if Oregon wins the wave energy race and does it well — proponents say it could someday mean $1 billion plus annually to this state.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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