The Atlantic premiers have reaffirmed their commitment to the creation of a collaborative strategy for clean and renewable energy across the region. But they have yet to actually create said strategy.
All four Atlantic provinces have been working together on a range of energy issues through the Council of Atlantic Premiers, and are building on that work in conjunction with the federal government through the Atlantic Energy Gateway Initiative.
Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter said yesterday, “We all share a vision of an integrated and collaborative Atlantic Canadian energy system that supports the development of our renewable and clean energy resources, and an enhanced transmission system that links our four provinces to each other and to the world.”
The premiers are in Massachusetts for the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, where energy issues have been a major focus of discussions. Dexter said, Our colleagues in New England have told us they see real advantages to working with us as a region, and we have assured them that is how we plan to operate going forward.”
He and Maine Governor John Baldacci signed an MOU yesterday to cooperate on ocean electricity generation.
“This MOU will help facilitate discussions between Maine and Nova Scotia around the research and development of renewable off-shore energy resources, and will enhance Nova Scotia and Maine’s already strong relationship,” said Governor Baldacci.
The objectives of the MOU are to investigate opportunities and areas for cooperation on furthering off-shore wind and tidal energy technology and application; and, cooperate on tidal energy research and development to ensure the maximum contribution to renewable electricity standards for both regions.
“Tidal technology is an emerging field, with many challenges and opportunities,” said Doug Keefe, executive director of Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy. “Our research work will depend on the strength of many partnerships and this MOU is a welcome development. Maine was the first region in North America to consider generating electricity from tidal energy, and may have an important role to play in its future.”