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Despite concerns, tidal generation moving forward

Thursday, August 18, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Zoë Thoms

Nova Scotia’s plan to generate 10 per cent of the province’s electricity demand from in-stream tidal generation projects has faced a number of legal challenges on the path toward a major milestone — the deployment of the first, multi-megawatt grid-connected tidal array.

As a novel renewable energy technology — in-stream tidal generation uses turbines to make use of the kinetic energy of moving water in a manner similar to wind turbines — the development of tidal generation has required regulatory and environmental approvals. Additionally, tidal generation...