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The Bay of Fundy, located on the border between eastern Maine in the United States and Canada, is one of the most robust tidal energy resources in the world. Each day, 100 billion tons of water flow in and out of it with the force of 8,000 locomotives and tidal ranges of up to 50 feet or more. At its mouth, off of Eastport and Lubec, Maine, ORPC sent electricity to the Emera Maine utility grid from the first phase of its Maine Tidal Energy Project, the first commercial, grid-connected tidal power project in the country, and the first ocean energy project in all of the Americas to deliver power to a public grid.

Since 2006, ORPC has engaged with the communities of Lubec and Eastport in a collaborative dialogue seeking their input and advice at every step of the development process. We've forged strong relationships with the City of Eastport and Town of Lubec, the Eastport Port Authority, the Cobscook Bay Resource Center, the Cobscook Bay Fisherman's Association and area fishermen, local harbor pilots, Sunrise County Economic Council, the public and other local organizations, who've all expressed enthusiastic support for our efforts. The work involved in building, installing, and monitoring our power systems has also created local job opportunities, which will significantly increase in the future.

In the next several years, ORPC looks to expand the Maine Tidal Energy Project to up to 5 megawatts per the terms of our 20-year power purchase agreement approved by the Maine PUC, the first long term contract for the sale of hydrokinetic power and a historic milestone in the industry. The Maine Tidal Energy Project will eventually generate enough electricity to power every home and business in down east Maine with clean tidal energy.