- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 14, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I was intensely interested in the Associated Press article on alternative energy from tidal sources (“Electricity generated from tides,” Politics, Tuesday). In reading, I did not see any mention by the engineer, Roger Bedard, of potential projects in the Chesapeake Bay.

I find this curious as: 1) We have intense energy needs locally that Constellation Energy Group/Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. decidedly are not meeting, and; 2) the Chesapeake Bay has extremely strong tides, particularly nearer the Bay bridges.

As a recreational fisherman who has spent many a day enjoying the bounty of the Chesapeake in that area, I can tell you the tides run fast and strong. The shape and volume at the bridges to the Middle Ground are like a Venturi valve and as a current would be well-suited during tide changes to turning some pretty large turbines. Just a thought.

NORMAN HENDRICKSON

Bowie

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