Snohomish County Eyes to Build Tidal Project


The Snohomish County PUD No. 1 in Washington has further advanced in its intent to build and operate a tidal energy project in the Admirarty Inlet. Earlier this week, the PUD filed its draft license application with FERC.

The proposed Admiralty Inlet Pilot Tidal Project (P-12690) would be located on the east side of Admiralty Inlet in Puget Sound, Washington, about 1 kilometer west of Admiralty Head. The project would temporarily place two 10-meter turbines in a high-current area approximately 58 meters deep and 1 kilometer offshore of Admiralty Head. The 1 MW project is expected to general approximately 765 megawatt-hours of energy.

The PUD is seeking a pilot license for the tidal project.

The application along with the Environmental Report prepared by the PUD can be found here. FERC is seeking comments on the application and the monitoring plans proposed by the PUD by February 26, 2010.