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Plans to Develop Hydrokinetic Projects on the Mississippi Abandoned

A combination of challenges including low water levels on the Mississippi has forced a developer to surrender the permits it held to study the feasibility of hydrokinetic projects on the Mississippi River.

A letter filed before FERC by Free Flow Power on June 17 states “pursuing development of the Projects at this time is not viable.” Free Flow Power, a Massachusetts based company, had been exploring development of hydrokinetic energy projects on the Mississippi River from St. Louis, MO to the Gulf of Mexico.

DOI and DOE Enter MOU to Foster Collaboration on Offshore Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Projects

The Department of Interior and the Department of Energy have agreed to strengthen the working relationship between the two agencies on the future development of commercial renewable offshore energy projects, including the marine and hydrokinetic energy projects, on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

The Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on June 29, 2010 on behalf of the DOI and DOE respectively.

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HRC and NPS Seek Comments on Draft Report

The Hydropower Reform Coalition has partnered with the National Park Service with assistance from the Department of Energy to produce a whitepaper on recreational issues related to the marine and hydrokinetic energy technologies, which is now available for public review.

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Interior Requests To Reconsider Decision to License Hydrokinetic Project on Mississippi

Through a letter sent last week, the Department of Interior (DOI) has requested FERC for a rehearing of the decision to issue an amended license that allows for operation of hydrokinetic project on the Mississippi river in Hastings, Minnesota.

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