Developer advances 24-MW tidal energy project in Maine

Pennamaquan Tidal Power LLC on Dec. 12 submitted a study plan at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as part of the process of applying for an original license for a 24-MW tidal power plant.

The Pennamaquan Tidal Power Project is located in Pembroke, Washington County, Maine.

The applicant is using FERC’s Integrated Licensing Process (ILP). It filed a Pre-Application Document (PAD) and Notice of Intent (NOI) on July 18, 2012. Prior to filing of the PAD, it began preparation by contacting all stakeholders including state and federal agencies, Pembroke officials, members of the community of Pembroke, and the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

Following the filing of the PAD, FERC prepared a scoping document. FERC conducted a project environmental site review and scoping meetings in Pembroke and in Bangor in October 2012. The Dec. 12 study plan was filed in compliance with a FERC requirement.

The Pennamaquan Tidal Power Plant (TPP) represents a new approach to tidal power generation developed by Halcyon Tidal Power, the company noted. The project introduces a new construction method aimed at reducing cost and a series of innovations aimed at minimizing the environmental impact.

The project objectives include:

  • To generate renewable power from the tides at a cost comparable to market over the first 30 year debt period of operation; and
  • To generate renewable power at a cost lower than market including power from any fossil fuel or other source for 90+ years.

The developer contact is: Andrew Landry, Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios, 45 Memorial Circle, PO Box 1058, Augusta, ME 04332-1058 Tel: (207) 623-5300 Fax: (207) 623-2914.

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