Nova Scotia and British Columbia signed a memorandum of understanding, which outlines key priorities, including partnering on research and technology development, and sharing information and best practices in regulation and permitting for marine renewable energy industry.
“To advance Canada’s position as a leader in marine renewable energy, we need a co-ordinated approach – one that unites our country from coast to coast,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “Nova Scotia’s partnership with B.C. will do just that, providing access to more information and helping build our national expertise in marine renewable energy to maximize the opportunity for Canada.”
The memorandum represents a commitment from both provinces to further develop the tidal resource in the Bay of Fundy and wave-generated energy on British Columbia’s west coast.
“I am pleased that British Columbia and Nova Scotia will continue to work together to support marine renewable research and technology development,” said B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett.
One immediate result of this agreement is to establish a council of senior government officials, which will bring together public and private sector interested parties to move ahead with priorities outlined in the memorandum and help ensure a consistent regulatory framework across Canada.
B.C. companies and universities are actively involved in Nova Scotia marine renewable energy research including a study that will look at the impact of turbulent marine environments on tidal technology.