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WWF-Canada supports habitat friendly in-stream tidal turbines

Posted on: January 14, 2016

The Bay of Fundy is known for the incredible energy potential of its immensely powerful tides, but it’s also an important habitat for many species of fish, mammal and sea birds. As part of our tidal demonstration project, Cape Sharp Tidal has developed a comprehensive Environmental Effects Monitoring Program to advance research and understanding of how marine life interacts with turbines once they are in the water.

This research is a crucial part of our plans for future tidal development sites. Not only will inform the next phases of development, but it will give the communities around the Bay of Fundy assurance that in-stream tidal devices are an environmentally-sound alternative to fossil fuels and an important part of our renewable energy future.

WWF-Canada, one of the country’s foremost respected authorities on oceans and climate, has issued an important policy position supporting in-stream tidal energy development. The basis of its support is that tidal power generation, if done responsibly, can reduce our GHG output, stimulate economic activity for the Province and ensure the Bay of Fundy’s marine ecology has adequate protections.

WWF-Canada sees the value of testing in-stream tidal technologies and eventual deployment of arrays of turbines, but on the understanding that effects on marine ecosystem integrity and biodiversity will be short-term, recoverable and effectively mitigated against if appropriate environmental precautions are taken.

By 2020, 40 per cent of Nova Scotia’s energy must be generated from renewable sources. Clean, efficient tidal power can be a part of the solution. We’ve partnered with leading scientists, universities and companies around the world to ensure we balance energy creation with protecting our oceans and wildlife. Thanks to our friends at WWF-Canada for their ongoing hard work and support of responsible renewable energy development in the Bay of Fundy.

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