According to San Francisco’s mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco could see a 10-30MW wave power production on its shores (or over the horizon?), if the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) accepts the project proposed by the city. It looks like it will still take years of studies before the construction starts.
The study confirms that wave power is a promising resource off Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Our project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of generating electric power from waves about eight miles off the west coast of San Francisco. The next step in our project will be to select technologies and undertake environmental studies to ensure minimal impact on marine animals, fishing, shipping and recreational uses. (Gavin Newsom)