HRC Produces a Recreational Assessment of Proposed Tidal Energy Project


The Hydropower Reform Coalition and the National Park Service have collaborated to produce an assessment of the recreational issues surrounding a proposed tidal energy project in the Kenai Peninsula near Nikiski Alaska.

Using the guidance offered by Hydrokinetic Energy Projects and Recreation: A Guide to Assessing Impacts, also produced in collaboration with the Service, the document assesses potential recreation and aesthetic impacts associated with the proposed East Foreland Tidal Energy Project (FERC No. P-13821). It also describes study options that could provide additional information, if needed.

The East Foreland tidal energy project is a proposed 360 kW pilot project proposed by Ocean Renewable Power Company, off the Kenai Peninsula, about 12 miles north of the city of Kenai. The project obtained a preliminary permit from FERC in March 2011 and is currently undergoing feasibility studies.