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Tidal Power Delivered to Grid for 1st Time in US
09/13/2012 03:59 PM ET  

Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. confirmed today that Ocean Renewable Power Co.'s first underwater turbine, installed in July in Maine's Cobscook Bay, is delivering to the grid the first commercially produced tidal power.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A tidal power project at the nation's eastern tip has delivered electricity to the power grid for the first time in the U.S.

Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. confirmed today that Ocean Renewable Power Co.'s first underwater turbine is delivering to the grid the first commercially produced tidal power.

It's a modest start. Ocean Renewable spokeswoman Susy Kist says the first unit underwater turbine unit, installed in July in Cobscook Bay, produces enough electricity for 25 to 30 homes. Two more will come online next year.

All told, the company sees up to 50 megawatts of tidal power potential off Lubec and Eastport, home to one of the world's best tidal sites, where the tide rises and falls 20 feet twice a day.




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