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Feds to provide $5M in funding for Nova Scotia tidal energy project

Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy project could power over 20,000 homes in Nova Scotia



HALIFAX—The federal government is dishing out an additional $5-million for a tidal energy project in Nova Scotia.

The funding is in addition to a previously announced $20-million contribution to the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) tidal energy project to build and install infrastructure for its tidal turbine test centre.

Encana Corporation and the turbine developers at FORCE and Ocean Networks Canada are matching the government funding with $3-million and $2-million, respectively, for a total of $10-million towards the project.

“When it comes to designing a successful tidal turbine for the Bay of Fundy, the more we know, the better,” FORCE chairman John Woods said in a statement. “This project will take our understanding to the next level.”

Once completed, FORCE will have the largest offshore transmission capacity of any in-stream tidal energy technology demonstration site in the world, with the potential to power over 20,000 homes in Nova Scotia.

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