Toward Tidal Power

Publisher:  Coalition for Tidal Power Education, Community & Planning Association, Halifax, Canada
Year Published:  1980  
Pages:  110pp  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX2284

Toward Tidal Power….? is the report of an education process developed to discuss the possible impacts of tidal power development in the Bay of Fundy area.

Abstract:  Toward Tidal Power….? is the report of an education process developed to discuss the possible impacts of tidal power development in the Bay of Fundy area. The Coalition for Tidal Power Education sponsored the process to increase public awareness of the problems and possibilities of tidal power. Through the coalition, local community meetings, a seminar and a workshop were held throughout 1977 and '78.

During the course of the meetings, both the supporters and the critics of Fundy tidal power presented their views. For example, George Baker from the Nova Scotia Power Corporation was reported as seeing limited usefulness to tidal power (he preferred nuclear). He also felt that the social and environmental coasts of tidal power were not quantifiable and thus difficult to take into serious consideration. I.G. Titus of the New Brunswick Power Commission pointed to the difficulty of integrating tidal powers into a total power system as the "times which are not necessarily the peak lead times. A. Longhurst of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography spoke of the possibility of the necessary dams and water systems disturbing both the water temperature and the marine life of the Bay.

In response to this input, the concerns of the participants in various meetings are also included in the report. The seeming unwillingness of the Tidal Power Review Board to share information or to take environmental studies seriously was a major concern for some. Others were concerned about the soci-economic impact of a "boom and bust" economic cycle, the competitive realities with other energy sources and the engineering feasibility.

The appendix of this report includes the reports by the Bay of Fundy Power Review Board. These 1977 documents provide detailed information about the proposals for tidal power of that time.

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