Maine, Nova Scotia Sign MOU To Study Ocean Energy Development

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Maine and Nova Scotia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enable research of ocean energy development.

The memorandum says the two entities will further research on offshore wind and tidal energy issues including community acceptance, wildlife impacts and grid stability. The MOU also ensures the maximum contribution to respective state and provincial renewable portfolio standards.

The MOU was signed by Gov. John Baldacci, D-Maine, and Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter during the 34th Conference of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers being held in Lenox, Mass.

The conference focused leaders on the issues of energy security, efficiency and supporting renewable energy development. At the conference, the premiers of Canadian eastern provinces Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador said they were committed to the creation of a regional energy strategy and transmission enhancements to link the four provinces.

The MOU said Maine and Nova Scotia would share learnings and possibly expand the agreement to other states and provinces.

SOURCE: Office of Gov. John Baldacci

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