Tidal Energy - Cobscook Bay, Maine

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We have noted (see references below) using wave and tidal energy, along the US coast as a clean energy source. This is especially feasible in places like Maine where there are very steep tidal fluctuations (I've experience them first-hand, VERRY STEEP :surprised). So this summer they are fixing to do just that, in Cobscook Bay near Eastport ME.

Maine Deploys First U.S. Commercial, Grid-Connected Tidal Energy Project, July 24, 2012
.... Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) will deploy its first commerical tidal energy device in Cobscook Bay this summer. The project represents the first tidal energy project in the U.S. with long term contracts to sell electricity...

...Tidal energy is a clean, renewable resource that can be harnessed wherever changing tides move a significant volume of water—including off the coasts of many U.S. cities where there is high electricity demand. Near Maine, the Bay of Fundy is one of the most robust tidal energy resources in the world. Each day, 100 billion tons of water flow in and out of the bay with the force of 8,000 locomotives and tidal ranges of up to 50 feet. Tides can also be forecast accurately, making tidal energy one of the most reliable and predictable renewable resources available. ...

Tidal energy project hailed at dedication, The Quoddy Tides (news source - Eastport, ME), July 27, 2012
...Beginning in October the turbine will be connected to the power grid, providing consumers with electricity. Initially, the pilot project will provide power to about 25 homes, and, with two additional TidGen devices added next year, the array will be able to power about 75 homes....

Previous PF references --
Chi Meson said:
July 1, 2007
Wave and tidal energy is there for the taking along coastal areas. (especially in places like Maine where they have HUGE tides).

ref: pf topic: Which alternative fuels do you support? Jun 29, 2007, post #35

turbo said:
Oct 15, 2010
For instance, Maine has abundant wind and tidal energy that could be harnessed.

ref: pf topic: "Business and government 100 years ago", Oct14, 2010, post #6
 
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Maine has some tremendous tides, especially along the Bay of Fundy. There is no reason not to exploit them. We have very high winds on Appalachian ridge-lines, but there are nimbys who say wind turbines would ruin the view. The view is already being obscured by haze from midwest power plants, and I would much rather see clean renewable power replacing coal.
 
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Indeed, these green energy sources are there for any community with the courage to make use of them.
I believe these tidal turbines at the Bay of Fundy will become a shining example for others to follow.
 

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