FERC approves plans for new 300-KW ocean power plant

EASTPORT, Maine, 3/5/12 (PennWell) -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved plans for a 300-KW tidal energy project near Maine's Cobscook Bay, according to members of the state's congressional delegation.

The permit will allow Portland-based Ocean Renewable Power Company to install turbine generator units on the ocean floor and operate the project for eight years.

The company says it has been engineering and field-testing its turbines in waters off Eastport since 2004 and now wants to install five turbines within a 61-acre area between Goose Island and Grove Point. Each of the units is 98-feet wide and 31-feet tall.

Ocean Renewable Power says it could begin construction of the plant as early as March 2012, adding to the list of wave power plants recently approved by FERC.

A 1.05-MW project in New York's East River was approved in January 2012.



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