PORTLAND, Maine — The state of Maine and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have agreed to procedures for reviewing tidal energy projects off the coast.
Gov. John Baldacci says the memorandum of understanding was signed by FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff during a meeting Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
FERC has signed similar agreements with Oregon and Washington to coordinate procedures and schedules for tidal project reviews. This is the first one on the East Coast.
Maine’s eastern tip is ground zero for tidal power on the East Coast because it has the greatest tide change in the continental United States. One company, Ocean Renewable Power, has been testing a prototype off the coast of Eastport. It hopes to have five megawatts of tidal power in operation by 2011.