Hydrokinetics

Tidal barrage projects to require conventional license

Through a letter issued to Tidewater Associates on November 3, FERC has determined that tidal barrage projects do not qualify for a hydrokinetic pilot license but will have to obtain a license as conventional hydropower. This type of technology requires construction of a dam, which is the reason for such a decision by FERC.A tidal barrage project involves building a barrage (dam) across a body of water such as a bay to retain water during tidal events.

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A MN city seeks approval to operate first in-river hydrokinetic project

On April 24, 2008 City of Hastings, MN filed an application seeking to get an approval from the federal government to run an in-river hydrokinetic project. The proposed hydrokinetic project is to be located just downstream of Mississippi Lock and Dam # 2 in Hastings, MN about 30 miles southeast of Minneapolis, MN.

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