FERC grants two-year license extension for delayed tidal energy project in Maine

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 16 granted a June 5 request from Ocean Renewable Power Co. (ORPC) to extend its license term for the Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project from eight years to ten years.

The project is located in Cobscook Bay in Washington County, Maine. In February 2012, the commission issued a pilot project license to ORPC for the 750-kW  Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project for a period of eight years, effective the first day of the month in which the order was issued. This made the effective date of the license Feb. 1, 2012, with a termination date of Jan. 31, 2020.

The licensee requested a two-year license extension, citing the experimental nature of hydrokinetic technology development. ORPC stated that it is currently in a technology optimization phase that was not anticipated during the project’s licensing process. This resulted in ORPC discontinuing in-water operations in July 2013. ORPC plans to re-install a fully optimized device in 2018. ORPC said the extension would also provide an opportunity to test alternative turbine designs.

Said the Dec. 6 FERC order: “Ocean Renewable Power Company’s request to extend the license term of the Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project, filed June 5, 2015, is approved. The license for the Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project No. 12711 is amended to extend the term of the licensee to January 31, 2022.”

The project contact is: Nathan Johnson, 207-221-6254, njohnson@orpc.com.

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