Wednesday 25. April 2012

Emerging Tidal Energy Industry in Nova Scotia

Thursday, April 26, Carrie Drake will present her thesis titled: "Understanding Socioeconomic Issues and Opportunities of an Emerging Tidal Energy Industry in Nova Scotia".


Carrie's thesis advisor is John Colton from Acadia University, Canada, and her reader is Gabriela Sabau from Memorial University, also in Canada. Gabriela, who is currently teaching a course at the University Centre, will be present during Carrie's presentation. Carrie will present via Skype.


The presentation start at 16.00 Icelandic time and everyone is welcome to attend.


The global issue of climate change has necessitated a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and consequently, an increase in the development of clean energy solutions. The province of Nova Scotia is seeking to secure a green energy supply, which includes plans to develop a tidal in-stream energy conversion (TISEC) industry. This master's explores the socioeconomic issues and opportunities of TISEC development in Nova Scotia. Data was collected through a comprehensive state-of-knowledge review of socioeconomic issues associated with TISEC (and other renewable energy technologies) on a provincial, national, and international scale by highlighting research, regulatory frameworks, and projects. Best practices, case studies and tools are discussed as they relate to socioeconomic benefits and community development. Four specific components of TISEC development are addressed: 1) technology, supply chain, and workforce development; 2) policy, assessment, and stakeholder processes; 3) financing and funding; and 4) community benefits and economic development. A gap analysis on the Nova Scotia TISEC context outlines the current state, gaps, and possible actions as it relates to research, legislation, and practices to date. Several issues are identified, including the need for: a) a strategic plan for the development and deployment of TISEC devices that is consistent with the Marine Renewable Energy Technology Roadmap (developed by Natural Resource Canada); b) jurisdictional and regulatory clarity; c) streamlining of the evaluation, permitting, and decommissioning process; d) community buy-in to projects and protecting lower income Nova Scotians from energy rate increases; and e) clarity on how benefits to the community will be incorporated into development agreements.

A place to harness tidal energy? Blue Beach, Bay of Fundy. Photo: Carrie Drake
A place to harness tidal energy? Blue Beach, Bay of Fundy. Photo: Carrie Drake