MRECo receives FERC permit for tidal energy test site

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a preliminary permit submitted by the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative, helping clear the way for the development of the Bourne Tidal Test Site in Massachusetts’ Cape Cod Canal.

As planned, the Bourne complex will include a structure onto which turbines up to 100 kW in capacity and three meters in diameter can be tested. The Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) said energy generated at the site would be stored locally, thus qualifying the proposal for FERC’s “Verdant Rule” due to it not being connected to the grid.

“This is the first and very important step to gaining all the regulatory permits required for the test site, which will be the first one in the United States,” MRECo director John Miller said.

MRECo — which includes stakeholders from a variety of disciplines and interests in the New England region and funding from the Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council — said the Bourne site is intended to facilitate the growth of tidal energy, with a particular eye toward the economic benefits that could come from cultivating the sector.

The group will now begin conducting additional environmental studies as required by municipal, state and federal agencies before beginning construction of the site.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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