The Coast Guard Dips Toe Into Tidal Power

Since many Coast Guard bases are along, well, the coast, it makes sense to use hydropower. (Photo: ArtBrom [CC BY-SA 2.0]/Flickr)

Maine has some killah tides.

The Coast Guard is installing a small underwater turbine in the waters off one of its stations on the northern coast of Maine (a five hour drive from where I live in Portland). They want to see if the technology would be a good fit for a larger deployment at their other bases. Considering that most, if not all, of their stations are located on the shore, tidal power makes especial sense for the Coast Guard.

Portland based Ocean Renewable Power Co. is working with the them on this one and will be installing the $100k turbine.

Via Portland, Maine Examiner

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• National Guard goes green to conserve energy, cost

• U.S. Navy gets hybrid Destroyer

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