Company seeks extended permit for 2,000 MW hydrokinetic project

A company, JD Products LLC, that hopes to take advantage of a transmission line for the idled and soon-to-be permanently shut San Onofre nuclear plant for a 2,000 MW hydrokinetic wave project applied Oct. 1 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for an extended preliminary permit.

Under FERC rules, a party can get a three-year preliminary permit to study the feasibility of a project, with a two-year extension available. FERC in October 2010 granted the preliminary permit for the JD Products project, known as the San Onofre Electricity Farm (SOEF).

This hydrokinetic wave energy project would be located in the Pacific Ocean along the coast of San Diego County, Calif., approximately four miles south of the city of San Clemente, off the San Onofre nuclear plant. The company said this project would use the transmission line for the nuclear plant, which Southern California Edison now plans to permanently shut due to mechanical problems and entrenched environmental opposition to the plant’s restart.

The Oct. 1 application for a permit extension said the SOEF would have three phases: a subscale prototype; a 155-MW second phase with 100 hydrokinetic generating units called a BDEG (Bi-Direction Electricity Generator) to operate for a couple of years to attract investor interest; and a 2,000-MW third phase with 1,291 of those units.

The company said the transmission line for the San Onofre nuclear plant has about 2,000 MW of capacity, enough to handle the power from its hydrokinetic project.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.