In today’s Herald:

The Snohomish County PUD learned Thursday that it can begin studying the placement of hundreds of underwater turbines in Western Washington waters.

The decision from federal energy regulators gives the utility three years to see if it makes sense to plant tidal flow turbines on the seabed at five different locations.

The study sites are Spieden and San Juan channels in the San Juan Islands, Guemes Channel near Anacortes, Agate Passage near Bainbridge Island and Rich Passage near Bremerton.

Tulalip Tribes environmental liaison Daryl Williams has a Web site that tracks tidal power developments.