Nova Scotia Unveils New Marine Renewable Energy Legislation

Yesterday the Nova Scotia Government introduced legislation to ensure marine renewable energy projects are developed in a responsible manner to respect the environment and the interests of local communities.

The new legislation will increase consultation and provide for the safe, responsible and strategic development of the industry.

“We need a clear and responsible path forward for developing Nova Scotia’s marine renewable energy sector,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “Our tidal resources will make a significant contribution to the province, both as an economic generator with export potential and as a new power source. We have an opportunity to build on our leadership position as a centre of excellence in the tidal industry and this legislation sets out how we do that.”

The act allows government to regulate projects in the Bay of Fundy and Bras d’Or Lakes and will also:

• ensure consultation in establishing areas where industry will be developed

• establish a licensing and permitting system for the placement of marine renewable energy generators in those areas

• give the Energy Minister the authority to develop regulations to ensure the safe and responsible construction, installation and operation of industry projects

“We’re pleased the province continues to support the development of a marine renewable energy sector in Nova Scotia,” said Elisa Obermann, executive director of Marine Renewables Canada. “As this industry develops, it will provide more companies with the opportunity to participate in local projects and develop skills and products that will help them reach global markets.”

The province has consulted widely with stakeholders on how to balance the interests of other marine users, and ensure Nova Scotians benefit from the development of a new resource.

More information on the legislation can be found at http://energy.novascotia.ca/renewables/marine-renewable-energy .

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