Ocean mavericks in Maine turn tide for electrical grid

Sept. 19, 2012 by Nancy Owano

(Phys.org)—Sadly speaking, the U.S. ocean-energy industry has had to take a back seat to Europe, where government subsidies help entrepreneurs and innovative companies work on their technologies. Happily speaking, the United States has, as one writer said, found its footing, but, more precisely, got feet wet. For the first time in the United States, power from the ocean is being generated for the power grid and the action is all up in Maine. Ocean Renewable Power Company announced this month that its tidal energy project is delivering electricity to the Bangor Hydro Electric Company’s power grid. ORPC launched the Maine tidal device and as a result electricity is flowing from ORPC’s “Cobscook Bay Tidal Project.”

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