California governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law the US state’s wave and tidal energy bill that will pave the way for a detailed assessment of the wave and tidal energy potential off California’s coastline.
The signing was announced by the governor’s press office on Saturday, a few months after the bill received unanimous support from the California State Senate and California State Assembly.
Bill SB 605 directs the California Energy Commission to work with various state agencies and stakeholders to assess the feasibility, costs, and potential of deploying wave and tidal energy technology across California’s coastline. The state’s primary energy policy and planning agency is due to report its findings to the Legislature and Governor by set deadlines.
The bill was introduced by senator Steve Padilla and supported by sector players such as the AltaSea non-profit located at the Port of Los Angeles, Oakland-based wave technology developer CalWave Power Technologies Inc, and Swedish-Israeli peer Eco Wave Power Global AB. AltaSea’s campus will become home to California’s first onshore wave energy stations, including a pilot unit of Eco Wave Power.