Finavera surrenders license for 1-MW Makah Bay wave project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has accepted the surrender of a federal license for the 1-MW Makah Bay Offshore Wave Pilot project in Washington — the first wave energy project granted an operating license by the commission.

FERC issued an order April 21 accepting surrender of the license by Finavera Renewables Ocean Energy Ltd. for the project, proposed for a site in the Pacific Ocean. The surrender is effective May 21.

Finavera filed the application to surrender the license in February. The company said Makah Bay (No. 12751) was not economically viable. It cited an unfavorable economic climate and restrictions on capital necessary to continue project development. The company added efforts to transfer the license were unsuccessful.

In February, Finavera also surrendered a preliminary permit to study the 100-MW Humboldt County Offshore Wave Energy project (No. 12753), proposed for a site off the coast of California.

Finavera, based in British Columbia, has said the decisions allow it to focus on its wind project portfolio and to give shareholders greater certainty in a challenging economy.

FERC dismisses seven Outer Continental Shelf projects

In a separate order, FERC dismissed preliminary permit applications filed by Grays Harbor Ocean Energy Co. LLC to study developing seven 100-MW projects at sites in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

FERC said its action is consistent with a memorandum of understanding with the Interior Department that clarifies the agencies’ jurisdictional responsibilities for renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf.

In its applications, Grays Harbor said it intended to study the feasibility of hydrokinetic projects in the Atlantic Ocean 12 to 25 miles off the coasts of Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island, and in the Pacific Ocean five to 30 miles off the coasts of California and Hawaii. FERC’s April 17 order noted submerged lands beyond three miles from shore are considered part of the Outer Continental Shelf.

“This action is consistent with the commission’s and Interior’s intent to coordinate to ensure that OCS hydrokinetic projects meet the public interest, and to remove barriers to the development of hydrokinetic energy on the OCS,” FERC Office of Energy Projects Director J. Mark Robinson said in the order.

Dismissed applications were for Cape Islands Ocean Energy (No. 13310), Hawaii Ocean Energy (No. 13307), New Jersey Ocean Energy (No. 13306), New York Ocean Energy (No. 13311), Rhode Island Ocean Energy (No. 13312), San Francisco Ocean Energy (No. 13308), and Ventura Ocean Energy (No. 13309).

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