FERC Issues License for Hydrokinetic Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a license for a hydrokinetic energy project, which will be located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Washington State. The license, for the Makah Bay Offshore Wave Pilot Project, includes mitigation measures to protect the environment.

The decision gives Finavera Renewables Ocean Energy, Ltd. a conditioned five-year license for the proposed project. The FERC license is conditioned upon Finavera obtaining all necessary federal permits before they may begin construction. The project will include four 250-kilowatt steel wave energy conversion buoys, a 3.7-statute mile-long direct current underwater transmission cable, a metal shore station with an access road and parking area and a 20-foot, 12-kilovolt transmission line to connect the shore station to the existing Clallam County Public Utility District distribution line.

“Today is historic as we enter a new energy frontier. For the first time, we allow the harnessing of electricity from wave energy-power that results from the gravitational pull of the moon,” said FERC Commissioner Philip Moeller.

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