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Natural Resources Canada
November 14, 2010

PARRSBORO — Nova Scotia will soon play a leadership role in a clean energy project that will harness renewable energy from the Bay of Fundy, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, announced today. Minister MacKay was joined by the Honourable Darrell Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia, Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley, and John Woods, Chairman of Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE), to announce support of up to $20 million from the Clean Energy Fund for Nova Scotia’s demonstration of Tidal In-Stream Energy Convertors in the Minas Passage.

 “Investments in clean energy projects like this one will help ensure Nova Scotia plays a key role in securing Canada’s position as a clean energy superpower,” said Minister MacKay. “Our Government is supporting this tidal project, and others like it, to encourage clean energy innovation and help create high-quality jobs for Nova Scotians.”

“With this announcement, we are creating good jobs, growing the economy and taking another step toward a cleaner environment and more stable electricity prices for Nova Scotians,” said Premier Dexter. “We are establishing ourselves as a leader in tidal energy. We have aggressive renewable targets, feed-in tariffs, clear regulations and an incredible natural resource with the largest transmission capacity in the world.”

The project is Canada’s first deployment of commercial-scale tidal turbines. It will investigate how four submarine cables function, including their reliability to deliver electricity to Nova Scotia’s power system and the operational functions of the equipment that is connected to the submarine. The information gathered will be analyzed and used to enhance future research for tidal energy and energy regulations. The four cables will give FORCE the largest offshore transmission capacity of any in-stream tidal energy site in the world, with the potential capacity to power over 20,000 homes.

“FORCE applauds the government’s vision and commitment to an energy future where clean technology can play a role,” said FORCE Chairman John Woods. “By 2011, any tidal device installed at FORCE will be able to deliver power directly to the grid. The size of the cable also gives us room for significant growth, if tidal technology proves to be both safe and viable in the Bay of Fundy.”

As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Clean Energy Fund is investing $795 million over five years in clean energy technology development and demonstration. The Government of Canada is supporting nearly 20 projects under the renewable and clean energy portion of the Clean Energy Fund, totalling up to $146 million. Three carbon capture and storage projects have also been announced, totalling $466 million from the fund.


Minister Peter MacKay today announced support of up to $20 million through the Clean Energy Fund for Nova Scotia’s demonstration of Tidal In-Stream Energy Convertors in the Minas Passage. The project in the Bay of Fundy is Canada’s first deployment of commercial-scale turbines to harness renewable energy from sea tides. The funding support is part of the federal government’s Economic Action Plan.

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