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The Daily
Electricity is something Western society often takes for granted. When flicking on a light switch or watching a favorite TV show, few Americans take a moment to think about the source of this power and how it is generated.
May 24, 2007

Renewable energy sources are a hot topic right now as the finite supply of fossil fuels rapidly dwindles. The scientific community is turning to alternate sources of energy, including wind, solar and now, possibly tidal energy.

The UW has signed an agreement with the Snohomish County Public Utilities District (PUD) to study tidal currents in Puget Sound, investigating sites where underwater turbines might use these currents to generate power.

Managing the study at the UW is mechanical engineering professor Philip Malte, who said he thinks tidal power could be an interesting and challenging form of renewable energy for the Pacific Northwest.