Tidal energy deal in place

Nova Sco­tia, Bri­tish Columbia to share re­search, tech­nol­ogy

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS• - BY ALY THOM­SON HAL­I­FAX

Nova Sco­tia and Bri­tish Columbia are part­ner­ing to de­velop tidal energy on Canada's At­lantic and Pa­cific coasts.

A mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing, signed by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both prov­inces Tues­day at the Energy and Mines Min­is­ters' Con­fer­ence in Hal­i­fax, says the prov­inces will share re­search and tech­nol­ogy re­lated to tidal energy.

The agree­ment says a coun­cil of se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials will be formed to bring to­gether pub­li­cand pri­vate-sec­tor stake­hold­ers to move for­ward with the mem­o­ran­dum and to en­sure there is con­sis­tent reg­u­la­tory frame­work across Canada.

It also says the two prov­inces will share best prac­tices in reg­u­la­tions and per­mit­ting.

A news re­lease from the Nova Sco­tia gov­ern­ment says the mem­o­ran­dum rep­re­sents a com­mit­ment from both prov­inces to fur­ther de­velop the tidal re­sources in the Bay of Fundy and wave-gen­er­ated energy on Bri­tish Columbia's west coast.

"The work that we have been do­ing with tidal power is some­thing that we ex­pect is go­ing to be of in­ter­est to ju­ris­dic­tions all over the world,'' said Nova Sco­tia Energy Min­is­ter Michel Sam­son at the meet­ing's clos­ing press con­fer­ence.

"Singing the MOU with Bri­tish Columbia gives us the op­por­tu­nity to share in­for­ma­tion col­lec­tion ... so that we can learn from each other.''

B.C. Energy and Mines Min­is­ter Bill Ben­nett said his province stands to learn a lot from Nova Sco­tia.

"(Nova Sco­tia) has prob­a­bly the best tidal energy re­sources in the coun­try,'' said Ben­nett at the press con­fer­ence. "We've got some pretty good ones in B.C. as well, but Nova Sco­tia is ahead of Bri­tish Columbia in terms of de- velop­ing those re­sources.''

On Mon­day, it was an­nounced that $1.43 mil­lion in re­search grants were given to groups in Nova Sco­tia, B.C. and the United King­dom, who will work to­gether to bet­ter un­der­stand the ef­fect tidal tech­nol­ogy has on the marine en­vi­ron­ment and vice versa.

Two projects were se­lected for fund­ing through a part­ner­ship be­tween the Off­shore Energy Re­search As­so­ci­a­tion, a Nova Sco­tia based not-for-profit re­search group, and In­no­vate UK, a gov­ern­ment-funded busi­ness and in­no­va­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion.


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