Maine Harnesses the Power of the Sea


Each day, 100 billion tons of water flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy along Maine’s eastern border with Canada. Fifty-foot tides generate a force equal to 8,000 locomotives, and a new project is poised to harness that energy and convert it to clean, renewable electricity. The Maine Tidal Energy Project is the first commercial, grid-connected ocean energy project in the country. As part of its initial phase, Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) designed and deployed the first underwater turbine in July in Cobscook Bay, off the coast of Eastport, Maine. It is the largest ocean energy device in the United States, capable of generating up to 180 kWh of power, and its construction and installation have been a boon the surrounding coastal communities.

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