If there’s one thing that the state of Maine and the province of Nova Scotia share, it’s lots of coastline. So, in a positive demonstration of international renewable energy cooperation, the two governments will be working together to develop tidal energy and offshore wind power.
Maine and Nova Scotia will share information by bringing together tidal energy academics, researchers, policy makers and private sector developers from both jurisdictions. The agreement was established with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by Maine Governor John E. Baldacci and Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter.
Among other topics, the MOU details how Maine and Nova Scotia will host a Tidal Energy Symposium in Nova Scotia in conjunction with the 35th Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers.
“Maine is forging a path toward clean, renewable, home-grown energy development which will keep hard-earned dollars here at home and provide good paying jobs, all while preserving our valuable natural resources,” said Governor Baldacci. “Premier Dexter shares my commitment to work regionally to address these critical issues and I’m pleased that we are forging this partnership to explore the opportunities before us.”
“Nova Scotia has always enjoyed a strong economic, social and cultural partnership with Maine, and this MOU is another example of how our governments will work to grow the economy, create jobs and protect the environment,” said Premier Dexter.
Maine is one of ten states that signed a June MOU with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to establish the Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium. The Consortium promotes the development of wind resources on the Outer Continental Shelf along the East Coast, by coordinating state and federal efforts relating to permitting, environmental studies, technical and financial barriers, and infrastructure needed to deploy and maintain offshore wind power plants.
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