DOE terminates environmental review for Washington tidal project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) said March 5 that it is canceling the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process on the potential environmental impacts associated with the construction and operation of the Snohomish County Public Utility District No. 1‘s Admiralty Inlet Pilot Tidal Energy Project, located in Puget Sound, Admiralty Inlet, Snohomish County, Washington.

In August 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the DOE, participating as a cooperating agency, issued a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for this project. DOE’s proposed federal action was to provide federal funding towards the construction and operation of the project.

“With notification from Snohomish County Public Utility District of its intent to terminate the DOE financial assistance award, the DOE is consequently cancelling the NEPA process at this time with no decision,” said the DOE notice.

In a March 2014 order, the commission issued a 10-year license for the project to Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish County. The 600-kW project would be located on the east side of Admiralty Inlet in Puget Sound, Washington, about 0.6 miles west of Whidbey Island in Island County, Washington.

Said the district’s website about this project: “The PUD obtained its FERC license for the project in early 2014, along with all permits and bids from contractors and suppliers. However, after assessing detailed cost estimates and facing funding challenges, the PUD made the difficult decision to discontinue the project in late 2014.”

About Barry Cassell 20414 Articles
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.