Press Releases


Tidal Legislation Coming: Marine Renewable Energy Consultation Begins

Nova Scotians are invited to share their views on the province’s marine renewable energy future through a consultation process announced today, Sept. 16. The consultation will lead to legislation covering the development of offshore wind, tidal and wave energy. “Nova Scotia’s offshore has huge potential for renewable energy,” said Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks. “Harnessing that Learn More...

Province Inviting Further Tidal Energy Testing

As part of its commitment to be a world leader in tidal power development, the province is seeking proposals from developers to join the tidal test program in the Minas Channel. “We expect tidal energy will play an important role in our renewable energy future, while creating good jobs and growing the economy,” said Energy Learn More...

Open House: Parrsboro Power Transmission Line Project

Public Announcement Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) invites the public to an Open House and Information Session in support of the Environmental Assessment for the Parrsboro Power Transmission Line Project. The session will be held on: Thursday, August 5, 2010 6 pm-8 pm Parrsboro Royal Canadian Legion Branch #45 56 Moore Street, Parrsboro, Learn More...

Province Plans for Future Tidal Energy Testing

Nova Scotia is inviting expressions of interest from tidal developers around the world to participate in the Bay of Fundy tidal energy project in the future. The province released the invitation today, March 24, designed to gauge developers’ interest and readiness to demonstrate a tidal device as spots become available at FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Learn More...

FORCE: Tidal Project Gains New Partner, Green Lights Plans for Observation Facility

Nova Scotia’s tidal energy project welcomes new support from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy) will receive $852,000 from ACOA’s Community Adjustment Fund to assist in the construction of the FORCE observation facility. The land-based facility will overlook the technology test site in the Minas Passage, about 10 Learn More...

FORCE: Nova Scotia’s tidal energy project wins more support

Nova Scotia’s tidal energy project in the Bay of Fundy has won support from the Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Fund. FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy) has been selected in response to a call for proposals under the Clean and Renewable Energy Demonstrations portion of the fund. FORCE is one of 19 successful Learn More...

NS Power and OpenHydro successfully deploy in-stream tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy

HALIFAX/ PARRSBORO – NS Power and its tidal technology partner OpenHydro have successfully deployed the first commercial scale in-stream tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy today. The one-megawatt commercial scale turbine reached the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) deployment site, in the Minas Passage, yesterday afternoon and began preparations for deployment. The turbine Learn More...

Province Welcomes First In-stream Tidal Device

The province welcomes news that the largest in-stream tidal device now in operation in North America has been successfully installed in the Bay of Fundy. Today, Nov. 12, Nova Scotia Power and its technology partner OpenHydro installed their turbine in the Minas Passage area of the Bay of Fundy, about 10 kilometres west of Parrsboro. Learn More...

Province Welcomes Strengthened Tidal Program

Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks welcomed appointments to two new committees today, Oct. 26 that will help guide the work of the tidal demonstration project in the Minas Passage. One committee will provide advice around environmental effects monitoring and the second will serve as a liaison between people involved in the project and the surrounding communities. Learn More...

Demonstration Tidal Energy Project Approved with Conditions

Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau has approved the Fundy tidal power demonstration project, today, Sept. 15. The project is subject to strict conditions to protect the environment. Among the conditions are that Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy is responsible for developing a comprehensive environmental effects monitoring program and establishing an environmental effects advisory committee. The Learn More...