Canada says no to Tidal Range Technology
The Stop the Barrage NOW campaign has learned that the Government of Nova Scotia in Canada has decided against further tidal range technology development projects and are primarily doing feasibility studies on tidal stream options. This is the opposite of our own Government in the UK as it looks to proceed with a Barrage across the Severn Estuary.
The announcement on Thursday 22 January 2009 by Energy Minister, Barry Barnet ‘welcomed the news that Nova Scotia's in-stream tidal energy project is moving closer to the water’ and said that;
"The more we can move away from imported, coal-based electricity towards a cleaner local supply, the better it is for our economy and environment."
The news also highlights that Marine Current Turbines, a leading British developer of tidal-stream technology, is in partnership with developments in the Bay of Fundy and therefore leads us to ask why the Government believes such technology is ‘unproven’. British engineering is at the forefront of such technology and we find it odd that the Government does not recognise and invest in such schemes further. Why is it that the Government does not investigate further into the construction of subsea base turbines which are placed on the ocean floor, like those proposed by OpenHydro?
The Government must realise that a Severn Barrage, using old tidal-range technology is not the way forward. The River Severn can, and should be used as a source for renewable energy, but it must do so without damaging the environment - tidal-stream technology is the future. As developments in Canada prove, the UK Government is once again behind the tide.
If you would like to see the Government of Nova Scotia’s press release, please click here