On July 24, Energy Secretary Steven Chu recognized the nation’s first commercial, grid-connected tidal energy project off the coast of Eastport, Maine. Leveraging a $10 million investment from the Energy Department, Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) will deploy its first commercial tidal energy device into Cobscook Bay. The project injected $14 million into the local economy, supported more than 100 local and supply chain jobs, and represents the first tidal energy project in the United States with long-term contracts to sell electricity – driving American leadership in this innovative clean energy technology. 

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