Nova Scotia eases tidal path
Law to allow up to 5MW permits anywhere in Bay of Fundy
The Canadian provincial government of Nova Scotia has tabled a bill to allow the awarding of tidal demonstration project permits of up to 5MW anywhere in the Bay of Fundy.
Nova Scotia will amend its Marine Renewable-energy Act to allow its energy minister to issue permits for up to five years.
The permits can be renewed for up to five years, but not longer than a total of 18 years with performance will be a consideration for renewal.
Current Nova Scotia legislation restricts tidal turbines to a section of the Minas Passage.
No more than 10MW of total power will be authorized under the amendment and operators are still required to have all applicable permits and environmental approvals.
The amendments will also allow companies to sell the electricity they generate at a lower price than existing tidal feed-in-tariffs.
The energy minister will also have the authority to negotiate and issue power purchase agreements for up to 15 years and hold operators accountable.
“Technology in this industry is evolving rapidly, and if we don’t adapt we risk being left behind,” said Nova Scotia energy minister Geoff MacLellan.
“By taking this next step, Nova Scotia remains a world leader in developing clean, renewable tidal energy in a way that protects the environment, creates opportunities in rural communities and keeps power rates stable.”
Image: Tidal turbine in Bay of Fundy (Naval Energies)