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FERC, Coast Guard agree to cooperate on review of hydrokinetic projects


From the March 15, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published March 15, 2013

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate with each other as the commission receives applications to site, construct and operate hydrokinetic projects that generate power from waves, tides, ocean currents and the flow of rivers. The agreement will advance interagency cooperation in protecting navigation safety, maritime security, and environmental resources when considering license proposals for hydrokinetic energy development, the agencies said. 

Specifically, the agreement will improve the ability of the agencies to: establish a joint timetable; identify critical issues early; acquire and share information efficiently; and collaborate on analysis. 

FERC is the lead agency for analyzing the environmental impact of proposed hydro projects under the National Environmental Policy Act, and is responsible for issuing licenses for construction and operation of hydro projects, including hydrokinetic facilities. The Coast Guard regulates matters related to safety of navigation, maritime security and marine environmental stewardship in waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.


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