Nova Scotia regulates marine
New legislation will establish a licensing and permitting system
The government of Nova Scotia in Canada introduced legislation yesterday 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.
Specifically it 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; and
- give the Energy Minister the authority to develop regulations to ensure the safe and responsible construction, installation and operation of industry projects.
Nova Scotia Energy Minister Michel Samson said: “We need a clear and responsible path forward for developing Nova Scotia’s marine renewable energy sector.”
Marine Renewables Canada executive director Elisa Obermann said: “We’re pleased the province continues to support the development of a marine renewable energy sector in Nova Scotia.
“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.
Image: Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia (Province of Nova Scotia)