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Tidal: Press Releases

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  • PUD Offers Tidal Energy Research Update for Customers

    Snohomish County Public Utility District will update customers about its tidal energy research in the Puget Sound during a public presentation at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the PUD’s main office in Everett.  Tidal energy advocates and other stakeholders, including Washington State Senator Steve Hobbs, are expected to attend.

    The PUD recently launched a three-year study at seven potential sites in the Puget Sound. The research will help the utility assess the technical, economic and environmental viability of each of the tidal energy sites. Throughout the study phase, the PUD will seek input from local tribes, environmental groups and other interested stakeholders.

    If developed, the seven sites – from Rich Passage near Bremerton to Spieden Channel in the northern San Juan Islands – could provide an estimated 100 average-megawatts of energy, or enough power for up to 70,000 homes.

    The PUD has secured support from several financial and technical partners, including the University of Washington, the Electric Power Research Institute and the Bonneville Power Administration, which provided about $200,000 in funding.

    Tidal Energy Presentation
    Tuesday, Nov. 13 – 6:30 p.m.
    PUD Headquarters
    2320 California Street - Everett

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These press releases document tidal research milestones (2007-2014).