Snohomish PUD waiting on word for tidal powerOctober 21, 2013 @ 8:42 am
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The Snohomish County Public Utility District now says it expects a ruling on tidal turbines from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in December.
The Daily Herald reports ( http://bit.ly/15XCaJ6) the Everett-based utility had hoped for approval of the $20 million project last summer, but it was delayed by opposition and then the partial government shutdown.
The utility wants to install two 65-foot tall turbines about 200 feet deep in Admiralty Inlet. They would generate enough electricity for about 450 homes.
The project is opposed by the company which owns two underwater data cables between Whidbey Island and Port Townsend. Pacific Crossing fears the fiber-optic cables could be damaged by placement of the turbines or ships dropping anchors. Four tribes fear the turbines would interfere with salmon migration and fishing.
Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com
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