Time is now for tidal power: Robinson

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PARRSBORO - Premier Rodney MacDonald boasted to his counterparts from the rest of the country last week that Nova Scotia is leading the way in tidal power technology, but Parrsboro mayor Doug Robinson wishes they would just get on with the project here.

PARRSBORO - Premier Rodney MacDonald boasted to his counterparts from the rest of the country last week that Nova Scotia is leading the way in tidal power technology, but Parrsboro mayor Doug Robinson wishes they would just get on with the project here.

"We're behind the eight-ball now, as far as I'm concerned," said Robinson. "We should be moving ahead with this."

MacDonald announced at the Council of Federation meeting in Moncton, N.B., on Aug. 9 that Nova Scotia has issued a request for proposals to find the most efficient, durable, non-invasive technology in existence that will allow the province to tap into the natural power coming through the tides and establish an industry centre for technology.

"The Bay of Fundy provides a significant opportunity for Nova Scotia and Canada. We will champion the effort for world tidal power innovation," said the premier. "We've invited developers from around the world to help us find the best technology, and we're excited by both the power generation possibilities as well as the potential technology innovation benefits for our province and country."

Nova Scotia Power representatives have visited the Parrsboro area and were eyeing up an area between Cape Sharp and Partridge Island for the test site, according to Robinson, who said they were doing further testing on the bottom. He added that they were also considering landing their cables somewhere near the causeway between Partridge Island and Ottawa House museum.

But he said the messages from Nova Scotia Power and the departments of environment and natural resources can be conflicting.

"It sounds like Nova Scotia Power has the project, but now the province is saying it's looking for requests for proposals, so it seems like a step backwards," said the mayor. "It is confusing."

He said he would feel more comfortable once they start active preparatory work and using the local harbour.

"Once they start doing that, it will definitely say this is the direction we're going," said Robinson. "You can make all the promises you want, but politics is politics."



awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Power, Partridge Island and Ottawa House

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Nova Scotia, Moncton Bay of Fundy Canada Partridge Island

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