John Ferland

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The State of Maine is ten years into a compelling and sweeping economic vision, called the Ocean Energy Act. This Act was established to create a new renewable energy industry out of the Gulf of Maine. This paper focuses specifically on the tidal energy development experience under the Act. It explains the background about the Act’s intent, documents the actual experience of tidal energy development in the Maine economy, and predicts how the industry might unfold over the next decade.

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