Houston, Texas [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Four preliminary permits were issued June 11 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for four Mississippi-based water energy projects that will combine traditional water energy technology with new hydrokinetic energy technologies.
These first-ever hydropower systems for the state are located at existing United States Army Corps of Engineers’ dams and will generate approximately 100 megawatts (MW) of power. They are owned and operated by Hydro Green Energy, LLC.
Water energy is the United States’ largest renewable resource, accounting for approximately eight percent of the nation’s electricity. As much as 21,000 megawatts of potential development can occur without the construction of new dams, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).
“Today’s issuance of our preliminary permits is a significant first step in the process to bring new renewable energy projects to the state of Mississippi,” said Wayne F. Krouse, Chairman, CEO and Founder of Hydro Green Energy. “Although Mississippi might be playing catch up with its neighbors that have long relied on water energy, Mississippi is now in the position to take the early lead in the U.S. in the development of cutting-edge hydrokinetic energy technologies.”
A study conducted earlier this year by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) found that the U.S. could develop at a minimum 13,000 megawatts of river and ocean-based hydrokinetic energy by 2025.