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Wavin' in Oregon

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In your otherwise excellent series of articles on renewable energy in the West, a few gaps were evident (HCN, 6/22 & 7/6/09). Your map on page 16 leaves the impression that Oregon is far behind neighboring states in alternative energy projects (see correction, page 11). In fact, many wind energy sites not noted on the map exist in the state, and other technologies are under development to meet the renewable portfolio standard of 25 percent by 2025.

Your article also ignored marine renewable energy. Oregon State University and the University of Washington are home to the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center. Although it's a bit further out on the horizon, Oregon is a leader in wave energy development in the U.S., with active promotion of research and development, identification of environmental concerns and tax incentives for developers. Washington is likewise advancing tidal power through research and pilot installations in Puget Sound. As your chart shows, the Pacific Northwest has the best offshore wind energy potential, and an application has been made for an installation off Tillamook, Ore.

George Boehlert
Siletz, Oregon

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