Developer gives up permit on 5-MW tidal energy project in Alaska

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a Dec. 14 notice that ORPC Alaska 2 LLC, permittee for the proposed East Foreland Tidal Energy Project, has requested that its preliminary permit be terminated.

A successive permit was issued on June 16, 2014, and would have expired on June 1, 2016. The 5-MW project would have been located in Cook Inlet near Nikiski in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska.

The preliminary permit will remain in effect until the close of business on Jan. 13. But, if the commission is closed on this day, then the permit remains in effect until the close of business on the next day in which the commission is open. New applications for this site may not be submitted until after the permit surrender is effective.  

The East Foreland Tidal Energy Project would interconnect with the Homer Electric Association and consist of a series of 150-kW TideGen turbine-generator modules with a combined capacity of no more than 5 MW.

A preliminary permit does not authorize a permittee to undertake construction of the proposed project. The permit is to study the feasibility of the project, including studying potential impacts, without fear of a competing project at the site. A license application is needed to advance the project further.

ORPC previously held a three-year preliminary permit for this site. The permit was effective in March 2011, and ran through February 2014.

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