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Public Utility District of Snohomish County No. 1

Snohomish PUD worked with NNMREC for many years on the permitting of a pilot-scale facility in Northern Admiralty Inlet of the Puget Sound. NNMREC and the District collaborated on multiple projects related to this effort, including site-characterization and development of monitoring capabilities.

The District is the second-largest publicly owned utility in the Pacific Northwest and the twelfth largest in the nation in terms of customers served. The District is a municipal corporation of the state of Washington, formed by a majority vote of the people in 1936 for the purpose of providing electric and/or water utility service. The District began providing electric service in 1949 and currently serves an area of 5,700 square kilometers, encompassing all of Snohomish County and Camano Island. The District's service territory is growing rapidly, with projections estimating 8,000 to 10,000 new connections per year and a resulting annual load increase of 15 to 20 average megawatts (aMW).

Sea Mammal Research Unit, Ltd.

SMRU Ltd offers products and services that allow industry, government, and NGOs to observe what goes on in our seas and to help them make well-founded judgments about the exploitation and management of our marine environment.

SMRU, Ltd. is collaborating with NNMREC on studies of marine mammal activity at potential tidal energy sites.

Sound & Sea Technology

Sound & Sea Technology is a Woman-Owned Small Business Enterprise with a staff of highly experienced ocean engineering and maritime security experts, executing projects for government and commercial clients worldwide. Sound & Sea Technology was established in March 1999 to meet the need for experienced, senior-level expertise in ocean engineering for a broad range of undersea and coastal projects, specifically including renewable ocean energy. This specialized ocean engineering capability is often critical to the success of projects that include an ocean system. Since its inception, Sound & Sea has completed more than 200 successful projects, including design and installation of wave and tidal energy systems.

Ocean Renewable Power Company

Ocean Renewable Power Company is committed to developing breakthrough technology and eco-conscious projects that harness the power of the world’s rivers and oceans to generate clean, predictable, affordable energy. In partnership with river and coastal communities, ORPC works to create and sustain local jobs while promoting energy independence and protecting the environment.

ORPC and the Center are collaborating on a number of projects, including monitoring environmental effects and dynamic stability of compliant moorings.


OpenHydro is a technology business that designs and manufactures marine turbines to generate renewable energy from tidal streams. The company's vision is to deploy farms of tidal turbines under the world's oceans - silently and invisibly generating electricity at no cost to the environment.

OpenHydro and the Center are collaborating on aspects of site characterization and environmental monitoring for Snohomish Public Utility District's pilot project in Puget Sound.

Verdant Power

Verdant Power is the leading US developer of in-stream technology. Verdant Power brings a wealth of information from its RITE project to the Center.

Jackson Engineering

Jackson Engineering provides services to assist companies in the development of leading-edge technologies and transform intellectual property into products. Jackson Engineering has supported the development of components of the Adaptable Monitoring Package and refit of the R/V Henderson test platform.

Phoenix International

Phoenix uses a variety of manned and unmanned technologies supported by highly experienced operators and engineers to develop cost-effective solutions to a wide range of underwater challenges. Phoenix's client base includes governments and their militaries, oil & gas, marine insurance, submarine cable, and film industries, as well as science and academia.

Phoenix is assisting NNMREC with cabled testing of underwater instrumentation packages.

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

EPRI jump-started ocean renewables in the United States with a series of reports on wave and tidal energy in 2006. Since then, the EPRI ocean energy team under Roger Bedard (and now Paul Jacobson) has undertaken a number of additonal resource assessments, site feasibility studies, and technology characterizations.

Academic Institutions

Clean Energy Institute (CEI)

The mission of the Clean Energy Institute is to accelerate the adoption of a clean energy future by advancing next generation solar energy and electrical energy storage materials, devices and systems, as well as their integration with the grid. The CEI seeks to accomplish this mission by creating the ideas and forming the people needed to generate these innovations, while facilitating the pathways to bring them to market.

National Labs

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development (R&D).

NREL's mission and strategy are focused on advancing the U.S. Department of Energy's and our nation's energy goals. The laboratory's scientists and researchers support critical market objectives to accelerate research from scientific innovations to market-viable alternative energy solutions. At the core of this strategic direction are NREL's research and technology development areas. These areas span from understanding renewable resources for energy, to the conversion of these resources to renewable electricity and fuels, and ultimately to the use of renewable electricity and fuels in homes, commercial buildings, and vehicles. The laboratory thereby directly contributes to our nation's goal for finding new renewable ways to power our homes, businesses, and cars.

NREL and NNMREC are working together to develop instrumentation packages to monitor tidal energy installations, as well as testing new instrumentation to characterize turbulence.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's research goals are to strengthen U.S. scientific foundations for innovation, increase U.S. energy capacity and reduce dependence on imported oil, prevent & counter terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and to reduce the environmental effects of human activities and create sustainable systems. PNNL is also the only national lab with a marine sciences division.

PNNL and NNMREC have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to carry out research and development activities for tidal energy devices. PNNL and NNMREC are collaborating on environmental risk assessment and turbulence characterization at tidal energy sites.

Sandia National Laboratories

Since 1949, Sandia National Laboratories has developed science-based technologies that support U.S. national security. The Energy, Resources and Nonproliferation Program serves the nation's security interests through excellence in science, technology, and engineering; continuously improved understanding of complex systems; contributions in arenas where technology and policy intersect; and appropriate global engagement to achieve (1) improved energy and critical resource surety (safety, security, reliability, sustainability), (2) reductions in the proliferation of dangerous materials, and (3) increased world stability.

SNL and NNMREC are collaborating on the development of reference models to evaluate the cost effectivness and environmental effects of tidal hydrokinetic energy.

Regulatory Agencies

NOAA: National Marine Fisheries Service

NOAA Fisheries Service is dedicated to the stewardship of living marine resources through science-based conservation and management, and the promotion of healthy ecosystems.

NMFS has provided the Center with a fish tag hydrophone to monitor fish equipped with acoustic tags. The receiver is currently deployed in Admiralty Inlet, WA as part of the Center's site characterization activities.

Washington Department of Ecology

The Mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.

The Department of Ecology is providing NNMREC with a dissolved oxygen sensor as part of a broad effort to study water quality in Puget Sound. The sensor will be deployed in Admiralty Inlet, WA as part of the Center's site characterization activities.


The Whale Museum

Founded in 1979, The Whale Museum's mission is to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research. We do this through innovative educational programs on land and on the water. Our research focuses on vessel interactions with whales, whale distribution and acoustics.

The Whale Museum is collaborating with NNMREC on instrumentation tests for marine mammal identification.

Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER)