New Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Database by DOE

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With interest in marine and hydrokinetic energy development in the US rapidly rising, the Department of Energy has developed a database of existing and potential projects.The database includes information on the location, application, nameplate capacity, stage and status of various companies’ technologies and projects.Marine and hydrokinetic technologies are still in developmental phase in the US. Such technologies make use of the ocean and river currents to generate electricity. The database lists 48 developers in the Unites States, including private developers, municipalities, and utilities that have preliminary permits pending at or approved by the federal government.In the United States, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) are the federal agencies that regulate marine and hydrokinetic energy projects.According to the DOE’s website the database will provide “up-to-date information on marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy, both in the U.S. and around the world.”