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Vancouver, B.C.-based Sea Breeze Power Corp. has received a presidential permit from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the Juan de Fuca Cable (JdF Cable). The issuance of the permit provides the American counterpart to the Canadian National Energy Board's issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity that was granted in September 2006.

The JdF Cable, a 550 MW high-voltage direct current light international submarine transmission cable, is proposed to connect Vancouver Island and Washington state's Olympic Peninsula. It is being developed through a joint venture among Sea Breeze Power, Boundless Energy NW Inc. and United States Power Fund LP. The new line is slated to create an additional avenue for the increasingly active West Coast power trading markets.

A DOE-issued presidential permit is required for any proposal to construct an electric transmission line across the U.S. international border.

"The project provides a low-impact option to strengthening the transmission system on both Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula and is an example of the cooperation that exists across jurisdictions in the Pacific Northwest," says Matt Morrison, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region. "This can allow for much-needed renewable energy to be delivered to load centers on both sides of the border. The approval shows that innovative project ideas using state-of-the-art technology are being accepted by major regulators on both sides of the border."

In related news, Sea Breeze Power's affiliate, Sea Breeze Victoria Converter Corp., has commissioned the British Columbia Transmission Corp. (BCTC) to undertake a combined transmission interconnection impact study and facility study to assess the impacts that will result from the interconnection of the Juan de Fuca Cable into the BCTC-managed transmission grid.

SOURCE: Sea Breeze Power Corp.

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