Company to test tidal generators in New York’s East River

By on January 26, 2012

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a tidal energy project that will generate electricity with turbines on the bottom of New York City’s East River, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The license granted by the commission to Verdant Power, Inc. is the agency’s first ever for a tidal energy project. The license will give Verdant a change to test technology in areas that aren’t environmentally sensitive and study environmental impacts on fish and sediment.

Plans for the project began in 2002. By 2015, the pilot project will use 30 generators to supply power to around 9,500 residents.

Read more at Bloomberg

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About Jeff Gillies

Jeff Brooks-Gillies has written about science, energy and the environment for going on 10 years. He's a native Michigander who, after a stint in Colorado, lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

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