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Volume 23 Issue 02

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Volume 23, No. 2
Pages 54 - 59


The Role of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Authorizing Hydrokinetic Technology Projects

By Timothy Konnert  
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There is growing interest in hydrokinetic technologies used to harness the free-flowing, renewable energy of the ocean’s waves, currents, and tides, as well as inland rivers, without the use of dams. In response to this growing interest, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has experienced a surge in activity regarding the testing and development of hydrokinetic projects. Although the Commission’s well-tested regulatory process is compatible with these hydrokinetic projects, providing a strong foundation for overseeing their orderly development, the Commission has been taking steps to adapt its program to the challenges of a new technology. Using input actively solicited from the industry, state and federal agencies, Native American tribes, and the public, the Commission has adapted its administrative procedures to meet the challenges of regulating this nascent industry.


Konnert, T. 2010. The role of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in authorizing hydrokinetic technology projects. Oceanography 23(2):54–59, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2010.44.


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