WARRENTON - An Oregon House bill signed this week moves the state closer to understanding the potential for wave energy development off the coast.

House Bill 3633 instructs the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development to study the environmental and economic impact of wave energy and the feasibility of future developments.

Supporters, however, must first raise $50,000 to $100,000 to pay for the study.

State Rep. Deborah Boone of Cannon Beach is confident she and other supporters will raise the money.

She says the new study will fit with the seafloor mapping already under way.

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