Wave Energy Machines off Mendocino? They’re BACK!

P1  Pelamis wave energy machine

Flying carefully under the radar, Green Wave Energy Solutions, LLC has again applied for a preliminary permit for it’s “wave farm” proposal directly off the town of Mendocino, California.

For those of you who came in late, Green Wave and P.G.&E. created a major uproar on the coast with wave energy proposals beginning in the spring of 2007.  After well over year of lengthy, contentious meetings, P.G.&E. finally pulled out in 2009.

P.G.&E. ultimately claimed that Noyo harbor was too small to install and maintain a network of giant machines on the North Coast’s boisterous ocean, a fact that was mentioned to them in public comment at their first public meeting in Fort Bragg.

And now, on Sept. 23, 2011, exactly one year after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) yanked their lingering permit for lack of timely filing, Green Wave has refiled for the exclusive right to study and develop wave energy machines for it’s “Green Wave Mendocino Wave Park.”

The tract of ocean in question is 17 square miles, a  2.5 mile wide and 6.9 mile long strip, centered almost directly in front of Mendocino, extending from Albion to Point Cabrillo.  The interior boundary is less than a mile offshore, meaning the unsightly machines would be clearly visible from the shoreline.

Map of Green Wave permit area  (in black)
In the permit, the first machines Green Wave mentions for possible development are the gigantic Pelamis (sea-snake in greek) electrical generators: giant steel tubes, 590 feet long, 13 feet in diameter and weighing 1433 tons.  The four generators inside each Pelamis are filled with hundreds of gallons of hydrauic fluid, that is forced through turbines using the power of the motion of the sea to make electricity.
Up to forty of the 600 foot monsters are placed in an “array” – that industry PR men also like to call “wave farms.”  Each “array” covers a couple of square miles of ocean.

One section of five sections of a P2 Pelamis machine

Green Wave earned the bemused scorn of local fishermen, in the naming of their company, since a “green wave” coming over your bow is just about the last thing you ever want to see.


A copy of their permit application can be downloaded at this LINK





GreenWave Mendocino Wave Park

Project No. _______

GreenWave Energy Solutions, LLC
1014 South Westlake Blvd.
Suite 14 Westlake Village, CA 91361
Ph: 805-340-2790 Fax: 805-527-6439

September 23, 2011

Wayne Burkamp President
GreenWave Energy Solutions,
LLC Embarcadero Center, Suite 2310
San Francisco, CA94111
Phone: 415-732-2431
Bill Bustamante Vice President
GreenWave Energy Solutions
LLC 3900 Timberview Court Moorpark, CA 93021


A. INITIAL STATEMENT 1. Statement of Application GreenWave Energy Solutions, LLC (subsequently referred to as GreenWave) applies to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a preliminary permit for the proposed GreenWave Mendocino Wave Park Project as described in the attached exhibits. This application is made in order that the applicant may secure and maintain priority of application for a license for the project under Part 1 of the Federal Power Act while obtaining further data and performing the acts required determining the feasibility of the project supporting an application for a license.

2. Project Location

The project will be located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the city of Mendocino in Mendocino County, California. The project site is situated in the open ocean approximately 0.5 to 2.6 miles from shore in water depths that range from 120 to 390 feet. The approximate dimensions of the proposed site are 2.5 miles wide (predominantly in the east-west direction) by 6.9 miles long (predominantly in the north-south direction) resulting in a project area of 17 square miles. A project area of this size is required to allow flexibility for performing the necessary assessments and properly siting the project components.


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2 Responses to Wave Energy Machines off Mendocino? They’re BACK!

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  2. Virginia says:

    I believe we have to move forward with green technology. The structures seem hardly visible from land, especially if painted green. Moving the project North toward Fort Bragg, which is the area’s industrial business district, would preserve the scenic integrity of the town of Mendocino and its business district of tourists and hotels. Fort Bragg would gain by adding a high tech business to its business districts. With rail and industrial zoing the North end of Fort Bragg seems logical, and this would be a solution to the jobs and revenues lost when the mills left.