Maine signs agreement on ocean energy development with Nova Scotia

By Ramona du Houx - July 12th, 2010 · 

Governor John E. Baldacci today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter to work cooperatively on renewable ocean electricity generation.

The MOU calls for Maine and Nova Scotia to share information on renewable electricity with a focus on ocean tidal energy and offshore wind energy and explore opportunities to bring together tidal energy academics, researchers, policy makers and private sector developers from the two jurisdictions.

“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 John 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.”

The MOU was signed by the two leaders during the 34th Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers being held in Lenox, Massachusetts. The Conference focused leaders on the issue of energy security, efficiency and supporting the development of renewable energy to benefit the region.

“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.

Among objectives spelled out in the MOU, next year 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.

“Our close regional collaboration puts Maine in a better position to realize the promise of a stronger economy and cleaner environment,” said Baldacci.