Regulation of Tidal and Wave Energy Projects (Maine)

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Place Maine

Name Regulation of Tidal and Wave Energy Projects (Maine)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Tidal Energy, Wave Energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Primary Website

Last Review 2014-05-30
Last Substantive Modification
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State regulation of tidal and wave energy projects is covered under the Maine Waterway Development and Conservation Act (MWDCA), and complements regulation by the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC). State regulation applies to tidal and wave energy projects in state waters, or less than 3 miles from the coast of Maine. Maine also has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with FERC to coordinate procedures and schedules for review of tidal energy projects in State waters or in federal waters (beyond the 3-mile state territorial limit) where the projects affect resources or uses in Maine's coastal zone.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Kathy Howatt (Hydropower)
Department Department of Environmental Protection
Division Water
Address 17 State House Station, Augusta, ME

Zip/Postal Code 04333-0017
Phone 207-446-2642


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 38 M.R.S.A. 630
Date Effective 1985
Date Enacted 1983