We have seen the future, and it sucks.

First Offshore Turbine for U.S. Begins Feeding Power to Maine’s Grid

2nd November 2012

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The so-called TidGen tidal turbine generator unit (TGU) was built by the Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC). It was installed at Cobscook Bay, part of the larger Bay of Fundy, off the coast of Maine and is accompanied by an on-shore station at Seward Neck. The peak output from TidGen is 180 kilowatts, enough to power about 25 to 30 homes. By comparison, a typical wind turbine produces about six times as much power.

And kills birds and looks ugly. These are better.

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