5.5.4 Promoting Marine Hydrokinetic Development

LPDD Recommendation: “Congress should modify the hydropower licensing process, and adopt an expeditious permitting scheme, for marine and hydrokinetic technologies.”

DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office

Funds both hydropower and MHK resources, including MHK R&D, MHK technology-specific system design and validation, reducing barriers to MHK testing, MHK data sharing, and more.

MHK pilot project licensing at FERC

Pilot licensing process for small-scale hydrokinetic projects to allow developers to test new hydrokinetic technologies, including connection with the interstate grid, on an expedited timeline.

IEC Technical Standards

IEC TC 114 has published over 10 technical specifications for marine renewable energy, including design, resource characterization, acoustic characterization, moorings, and power performance assessment.