Current Activity in Alaska (Hydrokinetic)

Tidal Energy

Cook Inlet Cook Inlet has some of the highest tidal ranges in the world and has been the subject of several studies. Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) has received a preliminary FERC permit for its proposed tidal energy project site at Knik Arm, adjacent to Anchorage. ORPC plans to deploy a pilot project at Knik Arm in 2011.
Yakutat The community of Yakutat is considering tidal energy.
Homer The City of Homer and the communities of Port Graham and Seldovia are investigating the potential for tidal energy development in Kachemak Bay.
Dillingham The Bristol Bay campus is assessing resource potential in Nushagak Bay.


Nenana ORPC is planning the installation of a 50 kW turbine after they test their device in Iguigig.
Whitestone The community of Whitestone on the Tanana River near Delta Junction is interested in in-river hydro and has been the subject of an EPRI study.
Igiugig Igiugig is a small community in southwestern Alaska that may be ideally suited to hydrokinetic power. It is the subject of one of the case studies. Iguigig will be testing different devices in the Qvichak river the summer of 2013.

The Yukon River at Ruby is the location of the first hydrokinetic installation in Alaska, the 5kW Encurrent turbine installed by the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council. The YRITWC is considering deploying a larger 25 kW unit in 2010.

Eagle AP&T has been planning the installation of a 100 kW UEK turbine for several years. Planned deployment is scheduled for 2009.

Applied Research

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) at the University of Alaska is seeking funding for the development of a Hydrokinetic Test Center in partnership with the University of Maine and Maine Maritime Academy (both active in tidal energy research). The proposed Center would work with communities and industry to develop protocols, standards, and best practices in environmental and resource assessment of tidal and in-river sites through the permitting process. The center would also work on modeling and performance testing of devices.

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