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Province Seeks Feedback on Tidal Energy Regulations

The province is asking Nova Scotians for their thoughts on a discussion paper about the approval process for larger-scale tidal devices.

This fulfills another commitment of the province’s Marine Renewable Energy Strategy.

“The Marine Renewable Energy Strategy outlines how we plan to work together for research, development and regulation to guide tidal development in the province,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “This discussion paper gives Nova Scotians an opportunity to share their thoughts on the proposed application and approval process for these larger-scale devices.”

The discussion paper also outlines proposed objectives and approval for tidal projects that qualify for feed-in tariff rates.

“The province continues to demonstrate its commitment to developing a tidal energy industry here at home that protects the marine environment while attracting economic opportunities to Nova Scotia,” said Fundy Ocean Research Centre chair John Wood. “We commend the province for allowing Nova Scotians to provide their input as the industry develops.”

Developers can receive a feed-in tariff rate for single or multiple-device in-stream tidal projects. The Utility and Review Board will establish the rate to support design and testings of marine renewable technology.

The discussion paper will help the board set the tidal feed-in tariff, with the hearing set for Sept. 16.

Visit www.novascotia.ca/energy to view the discussion paper. All comments must be received no later than Sept. 18.

In May 2012, Nova Scotia released the Marine Renewable Energy Strategy, which outlines how it will use local expertise and knowledge to develop the emerging sector. It is part of Nova Scotia’s energy plan which focuses on diversifying its energy mix with local, renewable sources.

Source: Release

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