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The Bay of Fundy, located on the border between eastern Maine 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 this bay, 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 is operating the first commercial, grid-connected tidal power system in the country, also the first ocean energy project to be delivering power to the public grid anywhere in the U.S. and all of the Americas.

Since 2006, ORPC has continually engaged with the local communities of Lubec and Eastport in a collaborative dialogue about our plans and ideas, and have sought their input and advice at every step of the development process. We have forged strong relationships with City of Eastport and Town of Lubec officials, 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 have 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.

Over the next several years, ORPC will install additional power systems to increase the Maine Tidal Energy Project's output to up to 5 megawatts, enough electricity to power approximately 2,000 homes and businesses with clean tidal energy.