Energy Secretary Steven Chu recognized July 24 the country’s first commercial, grid-connected tidal energy project off the coast of Eastport, Maine. Leveraging a $10 million Department of Energy investment, Ocean Renewable Power Company will deploy its first device into Cobscook Bay this summer. The project, which injected $14 million into the local economy and has supported more than 100 local and supply chain jobs, represents the first domestic tidal energy project with long-term contracts to sell electricity.