In both Scotland and the United States, wave farms are being implemented.
Wave farms are made up of enormous buoys that turn the up-and-down movements of the ocean into electricity that homes and business are able to use. There are many designs being tested all over the world. All promise clean, endless energy, but as a newer technology, they’re still working out issues such as financial viability, durability and how to transport the energy from buoy to land….
Oregon, which…has big ocean waves, has hosted several wave energy tests over the past few years. However, regulatory and financial hurdles have delayed an installation from one of Oregon’s—and the U.S.’—most advanced projects, the Associated Press reported in March. A look at the Department of Energy’s marine energy device database shows most U.S. installations are currently inactive.
The installations may be getting held up by lawmakers. In Oregon, at least, politicians took years to hammer out a draft agreement for where companies will be allowed to float their devices once they’re ready for commercial use, The Oregonian reported. Fishermen, coastal homeowners and companies all want different restrictions on where the machines appear.