Harper Government Announces New Support for Renewable Energy Project
and Innovation in Atlantic Canada
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/13/12 -- Scott Armstrong,
Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley,
on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural
Resources, today announced additional support for the Fundy Ocean
Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) tidal energy project. Mr.
Armstrong made the announcement at the Ocean Renewable Energy Group's
(OREG) annual conference.
"Today's announcement is welcome news for renewable energy innovation
in Atlantic Canada. We are supporting new research that will help
harness power from the world's highest tides," said MP Armstrong.
"Our government's approach to resource development means supporting
innovative renewable energy technologies that create jobs and
generate new economic opportunities."
The development of a new instrumentation platform for research and
development activities will benefit from this announcement of $5
million in new funding from our government. Encana Corporation ($3
million) and the turbine developers at FORCE and Ocean Networks
Canada ($2 million) are matching today's commitment by the Government
of Canada for a total of $10 million.
"When it comes to designing a successful tidal turbine for the Bay of
Fundy, the more we know, the better," said John Woods, FORCE Chair
and VP of Energy Development for Minas Basin Pulp and Power. "This
project will take our understanding to the next level."
This new federal funding is in addition to the $20 million
contribution agreement between FORCE and the Government of Canada to
build and install infrastructure for its tidal turbine test centre.
Once completed, FORCE will have the largest offshore transmission
capacity of any in-stream tidal energy technology demonstration site
in the world, with the potential to power over 20,000 homes in Nova
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