FERC seeks input on permit for tidal energy project in Massachusetts

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 14 put out for comment an April 20 application from the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative of New England for a preliminary permit to study the feasibility of the Cape Cod Canal and Bourne Tidal Test Site, to be located on the Cape Cod Canal near the Town of Bourne in Barnstable County, Massachusetts.

The sole purpose of a preliminary permit, if issued, is to grant the permit holder priority to file a license application during the three-year permit term.

The proposed project would consist of: a 45-foot-high, 23-foot-wide support structure; a 25-kW turbine-generator unit; and a 500- to 7,500-foot-long, 13.2-kV transmission. The estimated average annual generation of the project would be 54.7 gigawatt-hours. The project would occupy approximately 0.5 acres of federal land under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The applicant contact is: John Miller, Executive Director, Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative of New England, P.O. Box 479, Marion, Massachusetts 02738, phone (508) 728-5825.

The deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, competing applications (without notices of intent), or notices of intent to file competing applications is 60 days from the issuance of this July 14 notice.

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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.