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Snohomish utility has federal permit to drop turbines off Whidbey Island for tidal power test

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EVERETT, Washington — The Snohomish County Public Utility District says it received a federal permit Thursday to place two turbines on the floor of Puget Sound off Whidbey Island.

The project will test whether tidal movements can generate commercial amounts of electricity without harming the environment.

The test area is 200 feet deep in Admiralty Inlet about a half-mile from Fort Casey State Park.

The utility plans to study the turbines for three to five years.

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