N.S., N.B. to share cost of Bay of
Fundy tidal power study
June 13, 2007 - The News, Nova Scotia, Canada
Buoyed by the potential of tidal energy in the Bay
of Fundy, the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia governments
are jointly funding a study that will bring marine
renewable power generation one step closer to a reality.
The two provinces will each invest $75,000 in an
environmental assessment of tidal power in the bay.
The assessment will include a comprehensive consultation
process with organizations and groups with an interest
in the future of tidal power in the region, as well
as a socio-economic impact assessment report.
The Offshore Energy and Environmental Research Association,
a group of Nova Scotia universities established and
funded by the provincial government to study the sector,
will be responsible for carrying out the request-for-proposal
Meinhard Doelle, chairman of the assessment's technical
advisory group, said the two jurisdictions will make
waves in the tidal power community with the study.
"The idea of doing a strategic environmental assessment
has been talked about for a long time but we don't
have a lot of experience doing this in Canada, so
this is a novel thing," Doelle said.
"It's a very exciting process. It has the potential
to address a lot of the shortcomings that you see
at the project specific level."