AMS scientists have been actively involved in renewable ocean energy projects along the West Coast since 2008. 

AMS was contracted by ICF (the project lead) to support the US Department of Energy (DOE) for their mobile ocean renewable energy testing berth offshore Central Oregon and operated by Oregon State University. 

AMS provided marine habitat, biota, and fisheries expertise to characterize the marine resources offshore Central Oregon, assess potential environmental impacts from the floating facility, and prepare key portions of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The mobile testing facility was a floating barge used to study and improve the efficiency and operational capability of current and future wave energy conversion designs. The testing facility is operated by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center in Newport, Oregon. 

AMS scientists have also provided on-call support to the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on alternative ocean energy development in the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (POCS), as well as providing similar on-call technical support to the California Energy Commission (CEC) for offshore wind development.

Jay Johnson

AMS Contact:
Jay Johnson serves as project manager for AMS on ocean wind and wave energy monitoring services. Jay Johnson is a senior oceanographer with over 30 years of experience supporting a wide variety of commercial and industrial clients, as well as regulatory and resource management agencies.