The ocean is a tremendous bank of energy. Covering more than two-thirds of our planet, the amount of energy embodied in the ocean’s tides, currents, and waves, could power the world – if we were able to commercialize the technology to harness its renewable power.
While technologies harnessing energy from tides and currents have been domestically discussed for decades, no project has ever reached commercial development and been connected to the grid in the United States. In Eastport, Maine, however, that changed today with the launch of the Ocean renewable Power Company (ORPC) tidal energy project. As clean energy advocates, we are excited to highlight new, innovative projects that inject clean power and jobs into communities, deploy American ingenuity and know-how and utilize smart clean energy policies. The DOE invested $10 million in the project as part of its larger water power program that aims to better understand the environmental impacts that come with harnessing ocean energy.