Potential Socio-economic and Environmental Effects of Developing Wave Energy in Coastal California


Along the west coast of the United States, wave energy technology development is proceeding.  In California, with support from the California Energy Commission, California Ocean Protection Council, and California Coastal Conservancy, scientists from H.T. Harvey and Associates (lead organization), Farallon Institute, UC Santa CruzBodega Marine Lab, and Humboldt State University evaluated potential ecological and socio-economic impacts of wave energy development on the environment and coastal communities.  The final report suggests important ecological considerations to the development and implementation of wave energy "parks".