Nova Scotia Releases Plan to Develop Emerging Energy Sector

The province released a plan on May 14, that outlines how it will use local expertise and knowledge to develop the emerging energy sector.

The Marine Renewable Energy Strategy contains broad policy, economic and legal conditions for renewable energy projects and technologies for commercial development in the province.

It incorporates feedback from consultations with interested groups and the Mi'kmaq.
It focuses on three main areas: research; development; and regulatory planning. The regulation framework, which is being developed, will protect Nova Scotians' interests and the environment while providing opportunities to invent, design, test and develop the right technologies to harness the province's marine renewable energy.

This report acts on recommendations by Dalhousie University oceanographer Bob Fournier, whose September 2011 report recommended developing a provincial marine renewable strategy and legislation. He outlined 27 recommendations in Marine Renewable Energy Legislation: A Consultative Approach, which focused on in-stream tidal development.

The strategy addresses all of Mr. Fournier's recommendations.

A copy of the strategy and other information can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/energy.