Press Releases


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...

Province Ups Renewable Target; Wheeler to Consult with Public

Aggressive new targets for renewable electricity were announced today, July 28, by acting Energy Minister Frank Corbett. By 2015, 25 per cent of Nova Scotia’s electricity will be supplied by renewable energy. To help figure out how best to reach the targets, the province has asked David Wheeler of Dalhousie University to consult with interested Learn More...

Nova Scotia Welcomes Local Tidal Work

Energy Minister Barry Barnet welcomed news that a Nova Scotia company will be working on the tidal energy demonstration project in the Bay of Fundy. Irish developer OpenHydro announced today, April 30, it has selected Dartmouth-based Cherubini Metal Works to build a subsea base which will provide the foundations required to position the OpenHydro turbine Learn More...

Nova Scotia Welcomes Tidal Project Activity

Energy Minister Barry Barnet welcomed news that Nova Scotia’s in-stream tidal energy project is moving closer to the water. Today, Jan. 22, project partners announced a number of advances, including new tidal technology, a location for turbines in the Bay of Fundy, and an upcoming construction contract. “We applaud these companies for working hard to Learn More...

Province Strengthens Tidal Program

Nova Scotia’s in-stream tidal project is moving closer to the water — and the province is watching carefully. In a report released today, June 26, the province committed up to $2 million for research to ensure tidal devices face close scrutiny before going in the water, and to better understand the tidal resource in the Learn More...

Nova Scotia Announces Tidal Energy Facility Partners

Nova Scotia is one step closer to building North America’s first in-stream tidal technology centre to host some of the world’s leading devices to harness energy from the world’s highest tides. Three candidates, representing technologies from Canada, U.S.A. and Ireland, have cleared the first hurdle in their bid to demonstrate tidal devices in the Bay Learn More...

Nova Scotia Calls for Tidal Demonstration Projects

Premier Rodney MacDonald told his fellow Canadian premiers today, Aug. 9, that Nova Scotia is leading the search to attract the world’s best technology to harness energy from the world’s biggest tides. The premier told his counterparts at the Council of Federation meeting in Moncton, N.B., that Nova Scotia has issued a request for proposals Learn More...

Nova Scotia Welcomes Growing Interest in Tidal Energy

The Bay of Fundy, home to the world’s highest tides, will get some extra attention this year. New Brunswick is joining forces with Nova Scotia’s tidal energy program to assess the potential impacts of the new technology on the Bay of Fundy. “We welcome New Brunswick’s involvement in tidal energy development,” said Energy Minister Bill Learn More...