America’s First Commercial Tidal Power Project Launched

It’s been quite a while since any kind of renewable energy projects have been developed in the United States. The Department of Energy and Ocean Renewable Power Company has now announced the launch of the United States’ first commercial, grid-tied tidal power project -the Tid Gen Cobscook Bay project, in Eastport,Maine.

The project is located on Cobscook Bay, an inlet of the Bay of Fundy, popularly known in the world for its massive tidal shifts.

Reports suggest that more than 100 local and supply chain jobs have been created by the project, which has contributed more than $14 million to the local economy.

The tidal power project will generate enough electricity for just 75-100 homes, but additional tidal power devices are planned to be installed to expand that to more than 1,000 homes and businesses.

Steven Chu, the Energy Secretary said the Eastport tidal energy project represents a critical investment to ensure that America leads in this fast-grown global industry. He has been quoted as saying it helps create new manufacturing, construction and operation jobs across the country, while diversifying our energy portfolio and reducing pollution.

Steven Chu also added that this project has received $10 million in terms of federal support, as part of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Program.

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