FERC receives first license application for tidal hydrokinetic project


AquaEnergy Group filed a license application with FERC for its proposed Makah Bay tidal hydrokinetic project (P-12751). While FERC has already issued several preliminary permits for tidal hydrokinetic projects, this will be the first licensing of a tidal project. The applicant will use FERC's Alternative Licensing Process. Makah Bay is a proposed 1MW pilot project, using four "wave energy conversion buoys." It will be between 3-4 miles offshore in Makah Bay, Washington. Parts of the project will intersect the Makah Indian Reservation, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and the Flattery Rocks National Wildlife Refuge.