JUNEAU (AP) -- The community of Yakutat is trying to turn ocean waves into a source of renewable energy.
KENI-radio reports the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a preliminary permit application for a wave energy project in Yakutat.
Boston-based Resolute Marine Energy, would install wave energy converters underwater within a 25-square mile area under the plan.Yakutat currently powers homes by burning diesel fuel.
Wave energy converters as envisioned could produce 3,000 megawatt-hours annually, enough to power 250 homes, or half the households in Yakutat.
Yakutat's electric utility manager Scott Newlun, says waves are a huge energy resource. Resolute Marine Energy in December tested wave converters off North Carolina.
Preliminary FERC approval allows the company to move ahead with more studies and apply for an operating license.
-- Staff and wire reports