The RITE Project New York, NY




FERC Project No: P-12611

Welcome to the informational website for Verdant Power's
Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project

The RITE Project is a world’s first initiative that will test, demonstrate and deliver commercial electricity from Verdant Power's Free Flow Kinetic Hydropower System.  The project is located in the East Channel of the East River in New York, NY, and generates clean renewable energy from the river's tidal currents. 
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Licensing the RITE Project
On January 23, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a delegated order issuing a pilot project license for the RITE Project - the first commercial license for tidal power in the United States.   

Under the license, Verdant Power plans to develop a 1 MW pilot project in the East Channel of the East River comprised of up to 30 commercial class (Generation 5) turbines, which would be installed in a staged approach.  The pilot license issued to Verdant Power is for 10 years.


Verdant Power applied for the license under FERC's Hydrokinetic Pilot Project Licensing Procedures.


Verdant Power
Based in New York, NY, Verdant Power is a world leader in the development and application of systems that deliver clean renewable energy from the currents of oceans, rivers and manmade channels.

Verdant Power systems are
simple, scalable and can be installed in a wide variety of settings, including placement within population centers.
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Project Updates

January 2012 - FERC Issues Pilot License for RITE Project
On January 23, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a delegated order issuing a pilot project license for the RITE Project - the first commercial license for tidal power in the United States.   

The pilot license issued to Verdant Power is for 10 years.


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December 2010 - Verdant Power Submits Final Pilot License Application to FERC for RITE Project
On December 29, 2010 Verdant Power submitted its Final License Application to FERC for the commercial development of the RITE Project - a 1 MW pilot project comprised of 30 new Generation 5 turbines, which would be installed in a staged approach in the East Channel of the East River.

July 2010 - Verdant Power Technical Papers Now Available in Documents section.


May 2010 - RITE Project Receives NYSERDA Award
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced awards of $11.3 million to support innovative NY-based energy projects, including the RITE Project. The award will support the first phase of installation under the proposed RITE Project Pilot build-out.  NYSERDA has been a long-standing partner in the development of the RITE Project, having previously supported system R&D, project environmental monitoring and commercialization efforts.  More

May 2009 - FERC Concludes Pre-Filing Process and Approves Verdant Power's Process Plan and Schedule
FERC has issued a public notice stating that it has concluded the pre-filing process related to Verdant Power's application for a commercial license and that the requisite regulations have been waived in order to allow for an expedited review of the  application under the Hydrokinetic Pilot Project Licensing Process.  The next step in the application process is for Verdant Power to submit its Final License Application.