U.S. marine and hydrokinetics resource potential by resource 2015

This statistic displays the theoretical and technical resource potential of marine and hydrokinetic resources in the United States as of 2015. During this time, tidal streams could theoretically generate 445 terawatt hours of energy per year. Energy from tidal range occurs from the rise and fall of tides.

Resource potential of marine and hydrokinetics in the U.S. in 2015, by resource

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Supplementary notes

MHK: Marine and hydrokinetic
* The wave resource varies as a function of water depth. The wave resource is larger in deeper water further from shore. Ranges reflect distance from shore (50 miles) and 20m; or depth contours (200m or 50m) depending on location; Based on a wave device installation packing density of 15 MW per km of wave front. Theoretical potential ranges from 1,594 to 2,640 terawatt hours per year.

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