Ocean Protection, Ocean Energy
February 14 2011

San Onofre Ocean Energy Project

by Pete Stauffer

JD Products is seeking public comments on their proposal to install a renewable ocean energy project off San Onofre State Park. The project would utilize Ocean Wave Electricity Generation (OWEG) units to convert the energy from ocean waves into electrical power. The proposed project area location is approximately 8 square nautical miles and indicated by the box shown in the map.

The Surfrider Foundation is a formal stakeholder in the permitting process representing recreational users, and is compiling comments and questions to forward to JD Products and the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission (FERC) by March 21, 2011. If you have input that you would like to contribute to this, please email these to pstauffer@surfrider.org by March 17.

You may also provide comments directly to JD Products and FERC by sending emails by March 21 to: chong.kim@jdproductsllc.com and Kenneth.Hogan@ferc.gov.

There will also be a public meeting on March 31st from 12-4pm at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point (24200 Dana Point Harbor). The meeting will provide additional information the project, as well as opportunities for public input to inform JP Products's development of a Pre-Application Document (PAD).

Finally, for more information on the project, please visit the FERC website and search for docket number P-13679.

Check out a recent article from the Dana Point Times