Digby area energy resources attracting attention around the globe Benefits of Nova Scotia’s energy planning can be felt across the province, including communities near the tidal energy industry, according to a government MLA as well as an official of the Municipality of Digby.

During a recent address to the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce, Mat Whynott, MLA for Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville, said a collaborative tidal energy resource assessment is being carried out in Digby, Yarmouth and Shelburne counties.

In a news release, he said assessment will include all phases of potential development and recommendations on the best places to deploy tidal devices.

Involved in the study are Dalhousie and Acadia universities, the Nova Scotia Community College and Fundy Tidal Inc.

As well, the province is updating a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Bay of Fundy to gather information on how commercial development of the industry will impact the region, socially, economically and environmentally.

“Tidal energy is an emerging industry that provides good jobs and is already employing hundreds of people in communities throughout Nova Scotia,” Whynott said.

“It has the potential for significant economic opportunities and as a safe, secure and stable source of affordable electricity.

Terry Thibodeau, renewable energy coordinator with the Municipality of Digby, said the Digby area is positioning itself as the province’s leader in renewable energy development.

“We have tremendous wind, biomass, solar and tidal resources, which have attracted attention from industry leaders and academics around the globe,” he told the Yarmouth meeting.

“We are pleased to be helping the province achieve its renewable electricity targets while reducing our carbon footprint and creating good jobs for people in this area.”

The session in Yarmouth was part of a provincial tour to discuss government’s plan to end double-digit electricity rate increases.

Energy deputy minister Murray Coolican also provided information and an overview of the Muskrat Falls- Maritime Link project.

The project is an important part of the province’s energy plan and is meant to provide price stability for 35 years.

Story by: John DeMings
The Digby County Courier
March 14, 2013