Commercial tidal power plant proposed for New York City’s East River

If hydro power company Verdant Power is successful, it will supply up to 30 new tidal power turbines to New York City in the East River. An application was filed with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that would move the proposal forward.

According to the Verdant Power press release, if approved, the project would be the first tidal power plant in the United States licensed to transmit energy onto the national electric grid.

“We are extremely excited about the submission of this license application,” stated Ron Smith, CEO of Verdant Power. “It represents the culmination of nearly a decade of work undertaken by Verdant Power and a variety of project stakeholders to add tidal power to the US clean energy mix.”

Called The Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project, the initiative has been Verdant Power’s signature effort to commercialize its ‘Free Flow’ kinetic hydropower system, which utilizes three-bladed turbines deployed in fast-moving tides and rivers to generate clean energy. Read More