EASTPORT — Gov. John Baldacci, Rep. Mike Michaud and the Coast Guard commander in northern New England are celebrating a Maine company’s success in harnessing tidal power this week.

The gathering will be held Tuesday in Eastport, where Ocean Renewable Power Company last week announced its 60-kilowatt turbine-generator successfully produced grid-compatible electricity. That same unit will be used for a 60-day demonstration project for producing power for use by the Coast Guard’s Eastport Station.

Ocean Renewable plans to install a 150-kilowatt system next year in the waters off Eastport. It will be connected to the Bangor Hydro grid.

Maine is already a leader for wind power generation. But Ocean Renewable sees big potential for tidal power in the coming decade.


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