The waste and detachment don't get any worse than this:
Energy Dept. Spends $10 Million on Water Turbine to Power 25 HousesDo the math.
By Michael Sandoval. Heritage Foundation
The first underwater turbine to make use of tidal energy went live last week in Maine, supported by a $10 million investment by the Department of Energy.
The Ocean Renewable Power Company Maine’s Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Pilot Project received the Energy Department money to build, install, and operate the hydrokinetic energy conversion devices situated at the easternmost tip of the state.
The turbine, with a rated capacity of 180 kW, is expected to generate enough power for 25 to 30 homes.
The power company plans to construct a network of as many as 20 of the seafloor-mounted underwater turbines to eventually produce electricity for approximately 1,200 homes. [link]