California Polytechnic Institute has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the Department of Energy as well as matching funds to put a rig off the California coast and figure out if wave energy can be produced. The idea is that the rig will produce energy from the natural rising and falling of the ocean waves off the coast.
Wave energy test facilities would need somewhere between $25 and $50 million dollars in funding, but these facilities could test wave energy in a number of different ways and produce a viable method for using the ocean waves off any coastal land to produce power.
The state believes that there could be as much as 7.5 gigawatts of power a day harnessed inside the ocean waves, but these wave energy facilities must be built to find a way to harness this energy. This is but one more way for the state to work on meeting energy demand as temperatures rise.