The Department of Land Conservation and Development is currently in the process of amending the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan in response to the Governor’s March 26, 2008 Executive Order No. 08-07, Directing State Agencies to Protect Coastal Communities in Siting Marine Reserves and Wave Energy Projects. That order directs the department to “seek recommendations from the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) concerning appropriate amendments to Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan,” reflecting comprehensive plan provisions on wave energy projects.
On that same date, the State of Oregon and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to “coordinate the schedules and procedures for review of wave energy projects in the Territorial Sea and to ensure coordinated review of proposed wave energy projects that is responsive to environmental, economic, and cultural concerns while providing a timely, stable, and predictable means for developers of such projects to seek necessary approvals”. The MOU provides that FERC will, in issuing a permit or license, “consider the extent to which the proposed project is consistent with the Oregon plan”. In addition, FERC will also “consider any terms and conditions that are recommended by Oregon under section (10)(a)(3) or the Federal Power Act (FPA) to ensure consistency with the Oregon Plan”. To view the MOU, click here.