Canadian provinces sign MOU to develop marine renewable energy

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The Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and British Columbia have signed a memorandum of understanding covering marine renewable energy.

The MOU, signed July 21, indicates the provinces will partner on research and technology development and share information on best practices in regulation and permitting, according to a press release. The memorandum represents a commitment from both provinces to further develop the tidal resource in the Bay of Fundy and wave-generated energy on British Columbia’s west coast, the press release says.

The two provinces are establishing a council of senior government officials to bring the public and private sectors together “to move ahead with priorities outlined in the memorandum and help ensure a consistent regulatory framework across Canada.” “To advance Canada’s position as a leader in marine renewable energy, we need a coordinated approach -- one that units our country from coast to coast,” said Michel Samson, energy minister of Nova Scotia.

The Bay of Fundy represents one of North America’s most promising bastions of marine and hydrokinetic development, with Canada’s Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy announcing a number of agreements with technology developers and other research agencies to advance Canada’s MHK sector.

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