Cape Breton coasts are known for exceptional scenery and superb seafood, but they might also be able to provide another valuable resource: energy. Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) is an emerging technology in which waves, tides, or wind may be converted to electricity. ACAP Cape Breton, in partnership with the Verschuren Centre at CBU and the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) will be holding information sessions on Marine Renewable Energy at the Port Morien Legion on March 18 and the Main-a-Dieu Coastal Discovery Centre on March 20.
The goal of these information sessions is to give the public an opportunity to ask questions, give input, and learn about the potential for Marine Renewable Energy in their community.
Marine Renewable Energy has the potential to contribute to Nova Scotia’s energy needs, reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, and provide economic opportunities at the local level. Thanks to its rich heritage of ocean knowledge and innovation, along with the natural advantage of the highest and fastest tides on the planet, Nova Scotia is well-placed to become global player in this emerging energy industry.
“We want to have a conversation with community members about the possible pros and cons of marine renewable energy in their area,” remarks Jared Tomie, Environmental Project Manager at ACAP Cape Breton. “We also want to ensure that voices from coastal communities are heard from the outset if MRE becomes a reality in Cape Breton.”
No prior knowledge about renewable energy is required. Both meetings will begin at 10am with lunch to follow. Please register in advance by phoning ACAP Cape Breton at 567-1628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.