California Wave Energy
Renewable energy companies are increasingly interested in converting the energy of California’s ocean waters into electricity. Wave Energy Conversion Technology is evolving and the need for renewable energy is clear.
Since California is one of the most fossil fuel dependent states in the world, any alternatives are worth investigating.
California Gov. Brown said California emits 12 tons of carbon dioxide a year for every resident and it has to get that down to two. “This is big,” he said.
Ontario’s greenhouse-gas emissions are emitting about 12.5 tons of carbon dioxide a year/per person.
Members of the California Nurses Association march to a rally outside the hearing in Sacramento.
Protecting Lives and Lungs From Smog
An estimated 230,000 missed days of school and 210,000 asthma attacks would be avoided. Cleaner air is also good for our pocketbooks and could yield an annual health benefit of up to $4 billion by reducing medical costs that come from emergency room visits and expenses for treating smog-related illnesses.
Ocean waves and tidal currents are one of the most untapped and important, clean, cheap, rich, and reliable sources of renewable energy on the earth.
Wave Energy California
California, on the other hand, has 745 miles of coastline and not one working wave energy operation. The Golden State could take the lead in wave energy projects, but has a history of rejecting wave energy conversion alternatives. The reason is simple: all the roads to wave energy went nowhere. There simply was no obvious solution.
Wave energy could assist in reducing California’s greenhouse gas emissions by providing a renewable and reliable energy source. Other benefits to California include job creation and other forms of economic opportunity. Wave energy could meet a significant proportion of the state’s energy demand.
A relatively minor investment by government in the public good today could stimulate a worldwide industry generating billions of dollars of economic output and employing thousands of people, while using an abundant and clean natural resource to meet our energy needs.
The playing field is not level compared to wind and solar generation technologies because these technologies are the sole renewable recipients of production tax credits. Few subsidies have been allocated to ocean wave technology because of few viable solutions.
They have not discovered HUG Energy Inc., which has just applied for a contest for wave energy solutions with the U. S. Department of Energy.
The primary barrier to the development and use of wave energy in the U.S. is the cumbersome regulatory process. The regulatory process being applied today was designed over a half century ago for conventional hydroelectric plants and does not fit the characteristics of today’s wave and tidal in-stream energy conversion technology (EPRI WP-008-US). Extensive regulation applies to even small pilot projects whose purpose is to investigate the interactions between the energy conversion devices and the environment in which they operate.
The HUG can provide Ocean Wave Energy for less than $0.05/kWh: $0.01/kWh
The California Hydrogen Highway is a planned series of hydrogen refueling stations in California. These stations are used to refuel hydrogen vehicles such as fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen combustion vehicles.
In November 2013, The New York Times reported that there were “10 hydrogen stations available to the public in the entire United States”, eight of which were in “Southern California and … one in Emeryville”.
In 2013 Governor Brown signed AB 8, a bill to fund 20 million a year for 10 years for up to 100 stations. In May 2014 the California Energy Commission funded $46.6 million for 28 stations.
The secret is to bring down the cost of electricity: less than $0.05/kWh
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