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EA-1916: Draft Environmental Assessment

Hydropower Project Pilot License, Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project—FERC Project No. 12711-005

On September 1, 2011, Ocean Renewable Power Company Maine, LLC (ORPC Maine) filed an application for an 8-year pilot license to construct and operate its proposed Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project (Cobscook Bay Project or project). The 300-kilowatt (kW) hydrokinetic project would be located in Cobscook Bay in Washington County, Maine. The project would not be located on federal lands.

The proposed Cobscook Bay Project would use the tidal currents of Cobscook Bay to generate electricity via cross-flow Kinetic System turbine generator units (TGU) mounted on the seafloor. The TGUs would capture energy from the flow in both ebb and flood directions.