Department of the Interior

Use Tidal Stream Generators in our rivers

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Study the potential of using tidal stream generator technology in rivers below our existing dams and powerplants. Tidal stream generators (or TSGs) make use of the kinetic energy of moving water to power turbines, in a similar way to wind turbines that use moving air. This technology could reuse the moving water that has already gone through our powerplant generators and, as a result, generate more electricity to help meet the growing demands we will face now and in the future. These projects would also help create jobs and stimulate the economy for a meaningful purpose. They could also, possibly, postpone the need to raise dam elevations to store more water. Could be a whole new source of Renewable Energy. The infrastructure is already in place at these locations in the form of switchyards and distribution lines and the areas are already off limits to public use and navigation.

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Idea No. 1154